Shutting Down Media: Who Decides Who's Dangerous?

Shutting Down Media: Who Decides Who's Dangerous?

Abby Zimet

With the U.K. government talking up censoring social media for its role in the  recent protests, a pretty reasonable suggestion that TV news channels, with three and four times the reach of Twitter or Facebook, be shut down instead. In San Francisco, Anonymous has likewise called for protests today after BART shut down potential protesters' cell service.

"So if we’re turning off social media for “safety,” why aren’t we shutting down television news channels, with their greater reach and potential to panic the public? After all, it’s all for the safety of the public. Right?"

A free and independent press is essential to the health of a functioning democracy

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