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Open Society Justice Initiative

The Open Society Justice Initiative, an operational program of the Open Society Institute, pursues law reform activities grounded in the protection of human rights, and contributes to the development of legal capacity for open societies worldwide.

The Growing Threat of Soft Censorship

> Open Society Justice Initiative, 12 December 2005 (...)

This paper examines the indirect restrictions on freedom of expression worldwide. This style of censorship-not entirely new, but increasingly employed around the world-is subtle, indirect, and sophisticated.1 To control critical voices, it prefers to inflict financial pain, manipulate regulatory leverage or act under the disguise of the law-as opposed to the more “traditional” methods of beating and arbitrarily detaining journalists, or burning down media houses. Not even established democracies are immune to this syndrome: the Bush administration has reportedly paid journalists to plant covert propaganda pieces, in both United States and Iraqi media.  read

date of on-line publication : 13 December 2005

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