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Monday, January 15, 2007


The not-so-free press

Somalia joins Iraq in shutting down al Jazeera; the U.S. hasn't had to get to that point, since it has managed to effectively shut al Jazeera out from broadcasting here in the first place. Meanwhile, the Venezuelan government is talking not about shutting down a broadcaster, as in Somalia and Iraq, but in simply not renewing its broadcast license when in comes up for renewal in the future. Which of these actions (or, in the case of Venezuela, future actions) has generated (or will generate) the most opposition in the West? I think we all know it will be no contest.

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