Journalists’ self-censorship – avoiding hard topics for fear of government surveillance

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Survey respondents also voiced concern that surveillance by the U.S. government and “Five Eyes” partner countries (which include Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand) has damaged their reputation abroad and thus their ability to champion free expression and other human rights around the world

see-no-evilFear of Government Spying ‘Chilling’ Writers’ Speech Worldwide ‘If writers avoid exploring topics for fear of possible retribution, the material available to readers—particularly those seeking to understand the most controversial and challenging issues facing the world today—may be greatly impoverished.‘ Common Dreams, by Lauren McCauley, staff writer 5 Jan 15 

Fear of government surveillance is prompting writers worldwide—even those residing in countries that claim to uphold free expression—to self-censor their works, according to a new report published Monday by international literary association PEN American, leading to a “devastating impact” on the freedom of information.

The report, Global Chilling: The Impact of Mass Surveillance…

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