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Why the press needs to speak out against the Arizona camp debacle

In my opinion, the failure of this county in Arizona to hand the decision over to a jury to make for or against the original felony charges is as grave a misjudgment as the actions of the counselors who attacked pre-teen boys. Hank Nuwer, April 11, 2006

Journalists and citizens should keep these words in mind:
“The greatest threat to our industry lies not in the high drama of prior restraint — we won’t see another Pentagon Papers-style showdown, as governments don’t want the PR fallout of true banana republic repression. No, what we are seeing instead are fresh challenges to our ability to gather the news, sprinkled with some good old-fashioned strong-arming. In each instance, with rare exceptions, we’re not raising enough hell when we are silenced, detained, arrested or flakked to death.”
–Bill Moyers, newsman, 2006. (Thanks to alert WORDster Linda Mah and Ted Pease’s TODAY’S WORD ON JOURNALISM–Tuesday, April 11, 2006)

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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