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Censorship Tells the Wrong Story

Reporters Without Borders is a global organisation that fights censorship and laws that undermine press freedom, defends journalists and media assistants imprisoned or persecuted, gives financial each year to hundreds of journalists or media outlets, and works to improve the safety of journalists. 

Their new print campaign by Ogilvy & Mather is based upon the claim that censorship tells the wrong story. The biggest problem of censorship is not the withdrawal of information but the fact that it distorts the truth and hence creates a new story. Among the many posters are these, which I think are the best of the lot.

As they say, "In some countries a journalist can be thrown in prison for years for a single offending word or photo. Jailing or killing a journalist removes a vital witness to events and threatens the right of us all to be informed. Reporters Without Borders has fought for press freedom on a daily basis since it was founded in 1985."

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