Bloggers & Citizen Journalists Reshape Gov’t Control

Jennifer Woodard Maderazo look at how citizen journalists and bloggers around the world are reshaping how we look at journalism within areas of conflict.

“Before the web, it was relatively easy for governments to control the information their citizens consumed. A paper could be shut down, and a journalist tried and convicted for speaking his or her mind. But the reach of the Internet and the accessibility to media-creating tools is making oppressive governments nervous, as is the pervasiveness of the web.”

“This week, non-profit journalism advocacy group Reporters Without Borders announced the ‚ÄúPress Freedom Index, its list of countries in which journalists are most threatened. It found that bloggers and other online media are just as threatened as traditional journalists by governments who look to stifle the information they publish.”