What is the first thing a dictator or victor in a coup usually does?
1. Kill the outgoing administration.
2. Kill anyone who supported outgoing administration.
3. Rewrite history to justify said killings.
4. Have party
All good points. The answer I was looking for was shutting down radio, TV, and newspapers. Best way to push your own propaganda is to eliminate all the other available media sources. And if you can't eliminate them, then discredit them.
No, you want to keep the media just reshape it to fit your admin. The public will need a face/voice they trust making it easier to lie to them. As long as you have a shovel and some open land your enemies can go away.
One of the first things that happen under a dictator is to silence a free press. They deny members of the press access, refuse to acknowledge them, and then vilify them. A dictator controls the dialog and the flow of information. They attempt to hoodwink the public into believing they are more trustworthy than an unbiased journalist. Once a questioning press is removed the dictator has free reign to mobilize the military and militarize the police.
With just the right amount of persuasion (thumb screws, water boarding etc) I am sure that "unbiased" journalist can be made to see the light.
Michael: I don't think that will be necessary. Once the public is convinced they can't trust the news, it doesn't matter what gets reported. I guess that's the catch. If the public can't believe the media, the dictator can't use them either.
deny press access & vilify them - mmmm sounds like our Golden Haired Orange Prez-elect.
Control the media and turn it into a tool for propagand. After that get the people to turn on your enemies...since dictators have many of them.
Reinforce the victory in the eyes of the people by any means necessary that the coup was an act of liberty and benefits the people. They need the apparatus of the media to do that. But, the media will become state owned including assets. So, yes Freedom of the Press / Media will disappear by some measure, but how much is the question.
If curious take a peek at 'Reporters without Borders'. The link leads to world map indexed for Freedom of Press / Media. At the right are countries listed best to worst. The U.S. is 41 / 180. At the top you will see headers and one is countries where a summary is offered. Also, there is a search capability.
Excellent information. Russia is 148 - better then Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan - interesting.
What I found interesting was 4 of 5 Nordic countries were in the Top Ten.
Tim: What does it say that those countries tend to be on the cutting edge of progressive issues?
That is a good thought to ponder. How I discovered this is last year I began researching info on News History & historical impacts, how news is consumed yesterday & today, what & who are news agencies, consumer demographics & who cont
Tim: I'm hoping you wrote some hubs on what you found. I'll take a look at your profile.
So far Kathleen it has been gathering info & reading. I am pondering how to focus on being a unique article. For instance Word-of-Mouth is the largest form of media spreading info. Think pyramid. Propaganda research has been interesting.
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