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Media Censorship

The availability of information about government workings has been made more unattainable lately. The Bush Administration has not only manipulated information to create propaganda like 'spins' on facts, but they have also completely barred basic information from reaching the public. From an unofficial secrets act, which makes leaking government information illegal, to discrete pressures placed on media outlets, the Bush Administration has made censorship of information more and more prevalent.



A Climate of Fear and Self Censorship
CNN's top war correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, says that the press muzzled itself during the Iraq war. And, she says CNN "was intimidated" by the Bush administration and Fox News, which "put a climate of fear and self-censorship."

The Bush Administration's Manipulation of Information
The Bush administration is conducting an unprecedented expansion of government secrecy. Under the ruse of national security, the feds have been drastically decreasing access to even basic information about the workings of government - and for the most part, the media are allowing it to happen. In effect, the Bush administration has hamstrung the public's - and with it, the media's - ability to scrutinize governmental and corporate misdeeds

Leaking Information About The Bush Administration May Be Illegal
The Bush Administration's "official secrets act" makes it a crime to leak government information to the news media. The term Attorney General John Ashcroft makes is "unauthorized disclosure" which essentially targets anyone who leaks information the Bush Administration would rather not have made public - even when security is in no way at risk.

U.S. Media Censorship Is Rampant
Two leading international journalist discuss how the majority of news coverage on Iraq hints at self censorship that has been imposed by the U.S government. They feel, "the media has never before been so controlled, and propaganda is all around. Most of us don't even see it."



 
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