Press Freedom and Violence

When Econo-Girl attended a conference held by the International Bar Association, she saw cultural differences in law firsthand.

As Americans, it is easy to be arrogant about the value of pure speech. We do not worry about our nation dissolving after an article is published. We do not have a history of killing our neighbors every twenty years or so.

Somalia has a very recent history of bloodshed. It is natural that they wouldn't want more. So the Somali government put a limit on freedom of speech - which was soon lifted. The global complaints the temporary suspension of four newspapers brought probably pushed their hand.

But again, Econo-Girl wants to point out that the media in general does not accept responsibility for its actions.

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