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ERIC Number: EJ888892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
When International Press Rights "Are" the News
Freedman, Eric
Communication Teacher, v20 n3 p65-68 Jul 2006
In many countries, reporters and editors face criminal prosecution, censorship, self-censorship, exile, tax audits, loss of broadcast and publication licenses, loss of jobs, assault, and even assassination based on how they practice their profession. Press rights and human rights advocacy groups try to draw media and official attention to those situations, as do some governmental and multinational agencies such as the U.S. State Department and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Even so, many acts of repression against the press generally and against individual journalists and media outlets receive little or no news coverage inside or outside the affected country. The purposes of this activity are to educate students about the realities of press restraints internationally, to enable them to critically compare press protections in the United States and abroad, and to familiarize them with some foreign news outlets and nongovernmental organizations that monitor and report about press freedom. The activity is rooted in the author's experience as a Fulbright senior scholar teaching international journalism at the Uzbek State World Languages University in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, a country with little press freedom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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