The Republia Times

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The Republia Times puts you into the shoes of the editor-in-chief of the national newspaper of Republia, a fictional country recovering from a war with its neighbor, Antegria.  Republia is run by an Orwellian, totalitarian government, and is “keeping your wife and children in a safe location” until you can increase the loyalty of the public by highlighting good things about the Republian government. In managing your newspaper (and public opinion), you must select articles as they come into the newsroom, making sure to pick flattering stories – “The Honorable and Great Leader Awarded Lifetime Glory Medal” – and ignoring unflattering stories – “The Honorable and Great Leader Photographed in Women’s Clothes.”  The larger that you make articles on the page, the more loyalty they generate. 


Theme

Freedom of the press
Human Rights

 

Background

Freedom of the press or freedom of the media is the principle that communication and expression through various media, including printed and electronic media, especially published materials, should be considered a right to be exercised freely. Such freedom implies the absence of interference from an overreaching state; its preservation may be sought through constitution or other legal protection and security. With respect to governmental information, any government may distinguish which materials are public or protected from disclosure to the public. State materials are protected due to either of 2 reasons: the classification of information as sensitive, classified or secret, or the relevance of the information to protecting the national interest. Many governments are also subject to "sunshine laws" or freedom of information legislation that are used to define the ambit of national interest and enable citizens to request access to government-held information. TheUnited Nations' 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference, and to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers".

 

 

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