New media journalists and bloggers are increasingly facing pressure from government that are bent on repressing freedom of expression that is being facilatetd by the mediums.
According to a report from the Committee of the Protection of Journalist, the number of online journalist that were arrested in 2008 surpassed that of print journalists.
In many parts of the world, online media are setting the news agenda and influencing new conversations within society. Even in societies where the penetration of technologynis not extensive the fact of the matter is that a significant part of the population is being reached by the new discussions.
In many developing countries, it’s mainly the young, tech savvy are the ones with access to the Net. There’s fear that discussions online are excluding significant parts of the population. However, mobile telephony is increasingly opening up new opportunities.