The topic of a new book published by the Center for International Media Assistance and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, media capture is a growing phenomenon linked to both the resurgence of authoritarian governments and the breakdown of traditional media markets. The threats to independent journalism no longer come only from direct forms of state control. Where advocates of a vibrant sphere once mobilized against the suppression and censorship of news, they now must contend with the more complex challenge of media capture – a challenge that threatens not just independent media outlets, but the voices and audiences that depend upon them.
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