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The Many Faces of Modern Media Censorship

Censorship of news comes in many forms. A state can block content, filter keywords and surveil targeted individuals. News organizations are hit particularly hard by this sort of censorship or outright suppression. Keeping the media under heel is a time honored, centuries deep tradition. Alejandro (focusing on Cuba) and Christopher (focusing on the former Soviet Union), will discuss, compare, and contrast the many methods, histories, implications, and potential solutions to media censorship.

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  1. What are the different methods of state censorship in the world and how did they develop?
  2. How do different styles of censorship impact how the media is structured and operates in different parts of the world.
  3. What technologies can, or has, been built enable journalists to circumvent censorship and build a community of readers?



Christopher Guess, Reynolds Journalism Institute Residential Fellow, University of Missouri

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