What we associate with freedom changes with where we are, what we are doing and in what way we are deprived of certain independences. Now, we are trainee journalists in the UK, one of the leading European economies, modern state. Surely, everything is ok here, isn’t it??
But Press freedom is not preserved everywhere in the western world. In fact, a look at the index published by the Reporters Without Borders speaks volumes. It unveils how few countries’ situations are declared as “good” and how close some of the countries with “noticable problems” actually are -and we aren’t even talking about the really bad guys yet.
A great amount of traditional ways to spread information are successively being superseded by an increasing pace of the digital technologies’ advance. There’s a modern counterpart for pretty much every conventional, traditional mode of media and information dissemination. They offer a wide range of potential advantages to professional and, holding an increasingly important role, citizen journalists.
It seems to lie in the nature of things that governments respond to those challenges set by the new media through equipping themselves with increasingly sophisticated technologies. -We’re talking about things like the Great Wall of China or Burma’s tendency to complete shutdowns.
It is becoming an ever increasingly difficult task for journalists to find new ways to use technologies and always stay one step ahead of the government institutions that attempt to censor them. For those seeking to maintain and enhance their ‘freedom of speech’, digital technologies are an essential tool.
On this blog, we will try to discuss some of the struggles and achievements for global press freedom through digital technologies. It’s a powerful thing, freedom, be it for journalists in Europe, Iran, Burma, North Korea or anywhere else in the world. And, once it succeeds over repression, it is
“seven feet tall and consumes [its] opponents with fireballs from [its] eyes and bolts of lightning from [its]…”
-well, let’s not actually go there, shall we.