Media Mashup: September 2, 2015

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Media Control under Google

I have tried to warn people about Google’s power for years–admittedly after pushing the search engine nearly 20 years ago. Human Events provides a chilling analysis of how the company collects private data, steals intellectual property and buys politicians.

Just think how many much information you have given away by agreeing to the terms for Chrome, Gmail and myriad products under the Google brand. See

Media Control in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has put into effect a press law that would have pleased his Communist predecessors. One law, which went into effect this week, requires foreign internet companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook to keep data on Russian citizens inside the country.

The next law will limit foreign ownership of Russian media, making the press much more subservient to the government. For more details, see

Media Control in Turkey

A Turkish court has charged two British journalists working with Vice News on terror charges for having ties to the self-proclaimed Islamic State and Kurdish groups opposed to the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The government has repeatedly harassed Turkish journalists, but it appears the first time in recent months that foreign journalists have come under scrutiny. Press groups have roundly criticized the detention. For more details, see

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




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