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THE PROS AND CONS OF NEW MEDIA ON PRESS FREEDOM

What is the impact of new media on press freedom? That was the question that speakers from more than 30 countries aimed to answer at an international meeting organised by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN), the World Press Freedom Committee (WPFC) and UNESCO in Paris in February. Their findings have been recorded in the just-launched book, "New Media: The Press Freedom Dimension".

The discussions covered a plethora of topics, from citizen journalism to the looming reality of censorship. Find out how to circumvent the censors from expert dodgers Burmese news agency Mizzima News, how Yahoo! News and Reuters are trying to get a multitude of voices onto their online news sites, and how blogging is setting the media pace in Egypt.

Despite online news becoming more of a "dialogue between the providers and receivers of information," the Internet has also opened up "extraordinary new possibilities for the widespread, damaging and sometimes dangerous manipulation of information, which is difficult if not impossible to stem," says WAN.

"New Media" includes adaptations of speeches and presentations given at the conference, along with background papers.

Download it in English for free here: http://tinyurl.com/2rdevp

(18 September 2007)

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