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Most cultures censor, if necessarily violently (imprisonment, torture, elimination) what journalists may say, while modern journalism is based on the principles of no censorship. At one level this is obvious, at another, its implications for the quality of information that comes to us from various parts of the world can get overlooked because censorship is so banal in many places, and so unacceptable (at least in principle, often in practice) in others. Knowing how to account for the role of censorship (imposed by outside coercion and self-imposed) on journalistic reports represents a major dimension of the education of a consumer of free media. To confuse the products of a culture which “manufactures” consent, with one that coerces it, represents, in many cases, a costly category error.

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