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Publisher Comments:

What happens to journalists who expose uncomfortable truths? How far are journalists prepared to go in order to report a difficult story? Silenced provides answers to these questions with the stories of journalists who risked their careers so that the public might be informed.

From China, where Jasper Becker, formerly Beijing bureau chief of the South China Morning Post, fought a lonely and unsuccessful battle against owners willing to soften the newspaper's reporting of the Chinese government in the hope of protecting mainland investments, to Zimbabwe where the harsh treatment of the Guardian's Andrew Meldrum led to him being arrested and forcibly deported from the country because he dared criticize President Robert Mugabe, Silenced is a forcible reminder of the risks — both personal and financial — accepted by the media on our behalf.

Elsewhere, in other parts of the world, journalists face more traditional problems, whether it is the pressure placed on journalists Gary Hughes and Gerard Ryle when highlighting police corruption in Australia, or the aggressive tactics employed by the Belgian authorities against Stern magazine's Hans-Martin Tillack for exposing a financial scandal at the heart of the European Union.

When faced with the threat of censorship, all of these journalists reacted in a similar manner — they chose to report and face the consequences. They decided to place the ethics of journalism above all other considerations. As such they are proof that press freedom cannot exist without those who are willing to uphold its fundamental principals.

Silenced is more than a book on the media; it is an expression of the bravery and persistence of journalists everywhere.

Review:

"This hard-hitting collection shows that pressure and persecution are still inescapable aspects of a journalist's job description. Dadge (Casualty of War: The Bush Administration's Assault on a Free Press) gathers 14 mostly first-person stories from journalists on the obstacles and threats they have faced. Many of the reports concern underdeveloped countries — like Charles Arthur's account of the murder of Haitian radio journalist Jean Dominique, and Andrew Meldrum's portrait of Zimbabwe's campaign to demolish independent media — and follow the traditional, lamentable script of state repression. But Dadge also includes plenty of examples of the subtle but effective censorship imposed by private interests on Western journalists, including Tom Gutting's dismissal from the Texas City Sun for criticizing President Bush's handling of 9/11 in an opinion column, Stephen Kimber's account of the ideological strictures imposed by the Asper family on its Canadian newspaper chain, and Jasper Becker's story of the undermining of Hong Kong's once proud South China Morning Post by owners who toe the Beijing line to protect their Chinese investments. The journalists take on a range of targets, from overmighty bureaucrats to media conglomerates as well as their own colleagues' lazy collusion with official sources. The result is a vigorous defense of press freedoms by journalists who are unafraid to confront the powers that be. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"This hard-hitting collection shows that pressure and persecution are still inescapable aspects of a journalist's job description. Dadge (Casualty of War: The Bush Administration's Assault on a Free Press) gathers 14 mostly first-person stories from journalists about the obstacles and threats they have faced. Many of the reports concern underdeveloped countries-like Charles Arthur's account of the murder of Haitian radio journalist Jean Dominique, and Andrew Meldrum's portrait of Zimbabwe's campaign to demolish independent media-and follow the traditional, lamentable script of state repression. But Dadge also includes examples of the subtle but effective censorship imposed by private interests on Western journalists, including Tom Gutting's dismissal from the Texas City Sun for criticizing President Bush's handling of 9/11 in an opinion column, Stephen Kimber's account of the ideological strictures imposed by the Asper family on its Canadian newspaper chain, and Jasper Becker's story of the undermining of Hong Kong's once proud South China Morning Post by owners who toe the Beijing line to protect their Chinese investments. The journalists take on a range of targets, from bureaucrats to media conglomerates as well as their own colleagues' lazy collusion with official sources. The result is a vigorous defense of press freedoms by journalists who are unafraid to confront the powers that be. Photos. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

In this collection of 14 articles recounting their personal stories, journalists describe how the truth became more important than their personal safety. In all cases they received information they knew to be dangerous, decided to publish it, and dealt with the consequences, which range widely in terms of the intensity of the violence against them. The motives for the suppression of the journalists were largely financial, such as in China's trying to protect the inflow of foreign investments, but include the political, when a few words of criticism of Zimbabwe's president led to a reporter's arrest and expulsion.
Annotation 2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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About the Author

David Dadge (Vienna, Austria) is the editor at the International Press Institute and the author of Silenced: International Journalists Expose Media Censorship. He writes frequently on the media and freedom of the press.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781591023050
Editor:
Dadge, David
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Editor:
Dadge, David
Author:
Dadge, David
Subject:
General
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
Freedom of the press
Subject:
Government and the press
Subject:
Mass Media - General
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - General
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Sociology-Media
Subject:
International Relations
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
295
Dimensions:
900x600

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This hard-hitting collection shows that pressure and persecution are still inescapable aspects of a journalist's job description. Dadge (Casualty of War: The Bush Administration's Assault on a Free Press) gathers 14 mostly first-person stories from journalists on the obstacles and threats they have faced. Many of the reports concern underdeveloped countries — like Charles Arthur's account of the murder of Haitian radio journalist Jean Dominique, and Andrew Meldrum's portrait of Zimbabwe's campaign to demolish independent media — and follow the traditional, lamentable script of state repression. But Dadge also includes plenty of examples of the subtle but effective censorship imposed by private interests on Western journalists, including Tom Gutting's dismissal from the Texas City Sun for criticizing President Bush's handling of 9/11 in an opinion column, Stephen Kimber's account of the ideological strictures imposed by the Asper family on its Canadian newspaper chain, and Jasper Becker's story of the undermining of Hong Kong's once proud South China Morning Post by owners who toe the Beijing line to protect their Chinese investments. The journalists take on a range of targets, from overmighty bureaucrats to media conglomerates as well as their own colleagues' lazy collusion with official sources. The result is a vigorous defense of press freedoms by journalists who are unafraid to confront the powers that be. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This hard-hitting collection shows that pressure and persecution are still inescapable aspects of a journalist's job description. Dadge (Casualty of War: The Bush Administration's Assault on a Free Press) gathers 14 mostly first-person stories from journalists about the obstacles and threats they have faced. Many of the reports concern underdeveloped countries-like Charles Arthur's account of the murder of Haitian radio journalist Jean Dominique, and Andrew Meldrum's portrait of Zimbabwe's campaign to demolish independent media-and follow the traditional, lamentable script of state repression. But Dadge also includes examples of the subtle but effective censorship imposed by private interests on Western journalists, including Tom Gutting's dismissal from the Texas City Sun for criticizing President Bush's handling of 9/11 in an opinion column, Stephen Kimber's account of the ideological strictures imposed by the Asper family on its Canadian newspaper chain, and Jasper Becker's story of the undermining of Hong Kong's once proud South China Morning Post by owners who toe the Beijing line to protect their Chinese investments. The journalists take on a range of targets, from bureaucrats to media conglomerates as well as their own colleagues' lazy collusion with official sources. The result is a vigorous defense of press freedoms by journalists who are unafraid to confront the powers that be. Photos. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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