Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 06/2009

Soft Censorship: How Governments Around the Globe Use Money to Manipulate the Media

Don Podesta

January 2009

National Endowment for Democracy


This report examines the use of money by governments to influence news coverage. Written by Don Podesta, a veteran journalist with more than 30 years' experience at the Washington Post and other newspapers, this report explains that as formerly authoritarian regimes have moved toward more democratic societies, this insidious form of censorship has emerged on a global scale.