TITLE

Protesting Doonesbury's Dismissal

AUTHOR(S)
Davis, Bob
PUB. DATE
September 2004
SOURCE
Nieman Reports;Fall2004, Vol. 58 Issue 3, p83
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on the censorship practice of the U.S. government. Maybe, though, in this political climate it is worth the time of journalists to take a stance on this small thing. That is what the publisher and senior editors at The Anniston Star believe. After learning that the consortium that provides The Star with its prepackaged Sunday color comics was removing Doonesbury against comic strip creator Garry Trudeau's advice. Overt government censorship is rare these days. The job of battlefield censor has changed. Thanks to advances in wireless technology that make transmitting the story and photo from the scene only a laptop and satellite phone away. Government censors no longer wield a heavy pen to black out offending copy before it is sent back to the copy desk. What is practiced these days is not censorship with a U.S. government stamp. There are plenty of others in the media who are ultrasensitive to what will set off protests from a vocal segment of readers or viewers who are willing to do the work of the censor, either purposely or unknowingly. Many of these censors do not have a hidden agenda when they do away with unpopular content. They are answering the call of the marketplace.
ACCESSION #
14690187

 

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