Truth is in danger as new techniques used to stop journalists covering the news

The truth is being suppressed across the world using a variety of methods, according to a special report in the 250th issue of Index on Censorship magazine.

Physical violence is not the only method being used to stop news being published, says editor Rachael Jolley in the Danger in Truth: Truth in Danger report. As well as kidnapping and murders, financial pressure and defamation legislation is being used, the report reveals.

"In many countries around the world, have lost their status as observers and now come under direct attack."

There's an increasing trend to label journalists as "extremists" or "terrorists" so governments can crackdown on reporting they don't like. According to Index's Mapping Media Freedom project, which tracks attacks on journalists in more than 40 countries, 35 incidents were reported where journalists were being linked to "extremism" to restrict reporting, 11 in Russia and others in Belgium, Hungary, France and Spain.

Veteran journalists say certain countries including Syria are becoming almost impossible to cover. And in Syria say they are under enormous pressure to stop reporting but feel a responsibility to carry on despite the risks, particularly since so few international journalists are left in Syria. "All we can do is persevere, coping with the fear and the risks," one told Index.

Laura Silvia Battaglia, who trains journalists in Iraq says:

"In Iraq providing safety training is not only necessary, it's a duty for international originations who care about journalists and activists in dangerous zones. [...] Local journalism is vital if the Iraqi people are to know what is happening in their country, and to do that journalists need to continue to protect themselves."

The special report is part of the 250th issue from global quarterly magazine Index on Censorship which explores the increasing threats journalists are facing globally. More information about 'Danger in Truth: Truth in Danger' can be found here. The magazine also includes an exclusive translation of a play extract by Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell, published for the first time in English.

Index on Censorship magazine is celebrating its 250th issue with a launch party on the Power of Print, at MagCulture in London on July 12, with performances by actor Simon Callow, poet Jemima Foxtrot and musician Moddi.


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Jul 11, 2016
Quote- There's an increasing trend to label journalists as "extremists".

I think a good portion of this is deserved. Reporters are no longer "reporters of the news" like when I was a kid 60 years ago. Now they comment and put a slant of everything. As if their job was not simple reporting of the facts but twisting those facts to manipulate their audience. This upsets governments and makes the individuals the reporters are trying to manipulate mad. Any example we are all familiar with is Donald Trump. Like him or not the reporters have tried their best to shape their audiences feelings the way they think is best.

Jul 11, 2016
There's an increasing trend to label journalists as "extremists".... An example we are all familiar with is Donald Trump...
...this reads a lot better without the 'blah blah blah'


Jul 11, 2016
The war on terror is a policy tool.

The war on drugs is a policy tool.

The half-dozen conglomerates that own the mainstream media and the whole political system is capitalism at its finest.

The capitalist warmongering profiteers are by far the biggest threat to world security; they're the biggest exporters of the tools of terrorism, they're the biggest spewers of pseudoscientific propaganda, and the wars they facilitate, encourage, glorify and profit immensely from, are dangerous, destructive, and deadly to everyone else. The costs to progress, people and posterity are mind-bogglingly staggering. We should have colonies on the moon, Mars, and asteroids by now, and be enjoying all the new scientific benefits and wealth of resources that spring from such grand endeavors.

Truly amazing that humanity tolerates any of the medieval crap at this advanced stage. Seriously, given the choice, what human individual desires to be an owned and operated commodity?

Jul 11, 2016
like when I was a kid 60 years ago. Now they comment and put a slant of everything.


You're a bit naive if you think they didn't do that back then. The only difference now is that you see more TV channels and more newspapers/sites which report differently instead of all reporting with the same slant, so the differences in bias become observable.

Back in the cold war days, news reporting was extremely polarized and certain topics and opinions were simply no-go on both sides of the iron curtain.

Jul 11, 2016
Or to put it otherwise, 60 years ago you couldn't publish just any opinion because you had to hit the distribution channels to reach a country-wide audience, and to do that you had to please the owners of the distribution channels, who had to please the political elites to stay in business. Otherwise you could get called a communist and sent in front of a panel who could fire you and take away everything you have, or called a bourgeois saboteur and sent to Siberia after a mock trial.

If you didn't, you could write whatever you like in the school magazine, but don't think of ever getting hired as a journalist anywhere.

Nowadays it's a bit more difficult to suppress ideas that are going to go viral on the internet anyways, so the propaganda departments go more for disrupting the journalists and reporters directly rather than censorship, hiring trolls and publishing fake news and spin-doctoring existing news to add more noise to the signal and confusion to the public.

Jul 11, 2016
Truly amazing that humanity tolerates any of the medieval crap at this advanced stage. Seriously, given the choice, what human individual desires to be an owned and operated commodity?


It's less than amazing considering that humanity is an abstraction. It doesn't actually have a mind or will, or any sort of purpose.

As much as you'd like to go to mars and do the other things, the guy next to you asks "what's in it for me? You think I'm getting to be an astronaut with a fat paycheck? No dice. Pay your own moonshot."

And you in turn ask the same back for whatever he proposes.

That's because whatever you do, there's always going to be winners and losers in the short term - doing your pet project in the name of the entire humanity means not doing someone else's pet project, and even pulling the bread from someone's mouth to fund it because the resources have to be taken from somewhere.


Jul 16, 2016
As much as you'd like to go to mars and do the other things, the guy next to you asks "what's in it for me? You think I'm getting to be an astronaut with a fat paycheck? No dice. Pay your own moonshot."
Now that's an abstraction – near as I can tell, a growing majority of people "next" to me are asking things like, "how do we best prepare for the climate change that's occurring and keep it from getting worse? How do we fix this systemic racism and stop the irrational, unjust use of grossly excessive force? How do we keep a primitive, self-centered, dictatorial, giant orangutan away from the launch codes? How do we hold the crooked elite accountable if not by ballot boxes or formal bureaucratic investigations?"

Meanwhile, the faux news is working overtime declaring war, o' glorious war...

Jul 16, 2016
The greatest danger to truth, is the illusion of truth that passes for journalism today.

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