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2021-01-20

The AIER once again offers up a relevant exposition of one of today's most unwelcome features - censorship.

The author contrasts the Soviet style of censorship with what goes on in today's media:

"In his role as editor Sagaydak might consider it appropriate to pass over some event: a very bad harvest, an ideologically inconsistent poem ...  an earthquake ... He might prefer to close his eyes to a terrible fire ... a tidal wave ... In his view these events had no meaning and he saw no reason why he should bring them to the notice of readers, journalists and writers

"The managing editor of National Public Radio, Terence Samuel, channeled Grossman’s Sagaydak, saying, “We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions. And quite frankly, that’s where we ended up, this was … a politically driven event and we decided to treat it that way”"

Are you listening, BBC?