Columbia University Press
On Sale: November 11, 2014
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Non-Fiction | Non-Fiction Political
Journalists are being imprisoned and killed in record
numbers. Online surveillance is annihilating privacy, and
the Internet can be brought under government control at
any time. Joel Simon, the executive director of the
Committee to Protect Journalists, warns that we can no
longer assume that our global information ecosystem is
stable, protected, and robust. Journalists are
increasingly vulnerable to attack by authoritarian
governments, militants, criminals, and terrorists, who all
seek to use technology, political pressure, and violence
to set the global information agenda.
Reporting from Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, and
Mexico, among other hotspots, Simon finds journalists
under threat from all sides. The result is a growing
crisis in information--a shortage of the news we need to
make sense of our globalized world and fight human rights
abuses, manage conflict, and promote accountability.
Drawing on his experience defending journalists on the
front lines, he calls on "global citizens," U.S. policy
makers, international law advocates, and human rights
groups to create a global freedom-of-expression agenda
tied to trade, climate, and other major negotiations. He
proposes ten key priorities, including combating the
murder of journalists, ending censorship, and developing a
global free-expression charter to challenge the criminal
and corrupt forces that seek to manipulate the world's
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