Media Mashup: August 17, 2015

Chinese authorities blocked U.S. television from reporting outside a hospital in Tianjian.
Chinese authorities blocked U.S. television from reporting outside a hospital in Tianjian.

Censorship in China

U.S. television networks complained vehemently about Chinese authorities preventing coverage outside of a hospital where victims of the Tianjin fire were taken.

Although I don’t condone the actions of what appeared to be local police, I think the inclusion of footage about the incidents, particularly at CBS News, was unnecessary in reporting about a massive fire that killed more than 100 people.

Let’s face it: China is a Communist country without freedom of the press. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, China ranks No. 8 on the bad list. But there are even worse countries that rarely get much coverage, including Iran, where four Americans remain behind bars despite a nuclear treaty with the United States, and U.S. ally Saudi Arabia. For details, see http://bit.ly/1yLXL7Z

Censorship in Iran

Jason Rezaian, the Tehran bureau chief for The Washington Post, has been held in prison since July 2014 facing charges of espionage. A verdict is expected soon.

Despite the ongoing talks with Iranian officials on a nuclear deal, the U.S. government did not obtain the release of Rezaian and three other Americans held in Iran. For details, see http://nyti.ms/1hi77RG

Censorship in Britain

The royal family has issued a request that the paparazzi stop invading the privacy of the children of William and Kate. That seems reasonable, but is it possible to go even further?

It seems that an anti-paparazzi law might be proposed to stop the intrusion against the royal couple and their children. For more details, see http://bit.ly/1PoTP0K

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to charper@temple.edu

 

 

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