10 Europe

Global journalism being practised in Europe has a different approach and, in some ways, a different set of problems to that which is practised in developing countries. European media has the latest in equipment and technology and ease of access to officials and news sources of all kinds.

However, Peter Goff said in his 1999 IPI review that while democracy has become entrenched in most of Europe, press freedom remains an illusion to many. Legitimate reporting is curtailed by many different means, and legal provisions continue to be a favoured muzzling device. From defamation to national security, from privacy to contempt of court, laws are widely used to suppress information and opinions that have a right to see the light of day. He ...

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