Media contemplate self-censorship

National and international media imposed a self-blackout on the abduction of CBC reporter Melissa Fung in Afghanistan, a story that is still under some degree of censorship (federal officials are refusing to say whether there was a trade involved with the Taliban.) This commentary from Canadian Press highlights a lot of the ambivalence media have of media withholding news. The debate is further complicated by the fact that the hostage was a reporter; would the media have come to the same conclusion on self-censorship if the hostage was an aid worker, soldier or Afghan support worker?

CP, November 9 2008

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