Phelan Chairs Censorship Panel at ICA Conference
By Catherine Phelan
June 16, 2011
Professor of Communication Catherine W. Phelan chaired a panel on “Censorship in the Digital Age” at the International Communication Association (ICA) conference held May 30 in Boston. Conference participants from Singapore, Israel and the United States presented a trans-national comparison of the cultural practices regarding censorship. A comparison of different approaches to censorship can reveal diverse ways of thinking about freedom and individual rights within different cultures.
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