Reporters Without Borders releases the latest World Press Freedom Index later this week and the results will most likely make for alarming reading. Attempts to silence members of the press have been on the rise (see our story on Australia, below) – but censorship is also creeping into other walks of life.
It is disheartening to see the London School of Economics tie itself in knots over a sculpture of a globe on campus that shows Taiwan in a separate colour to mainland China. Outrage from Chinese students has sent the university into a panic, pitting integrity against commercial interests, as it pictures its sizeable renminbi revenue going up in smoke. Press freedom is under threat but so too is intellectual freedom and the freedom to express an opinion. The world could do with ranking this as well.