International Reports

“Collateral Damage” for the Media - The “News of the World Affair” and the struggle for Press Freedom in Asia

by Paul Linnarz
In July, an unprecedented phone hacking scandal resulted in the abrupt demise of the British daily paper News of the World. The phone hacking practices of the newspaper evoked outrage around the world. The countries that keep an iron grip on their own media were especially vociferous. None more so than China, which sees its own stance on freedom of the press vindicated and accuses the Western media of hypocrisy.