This is the act of exercising control over what one says and does, especially to avoid criticism. It encompasses the thought process which prompts journalists, difference to the news and/or political values adopted and propagated by their line managers or employers, to ignore or minimize certain angles or viewpoints when they research and produce journalism. It’s a very intriguing concept because a journalist who wants their work published, to maintain job security and career advancement, will realize that they should not delve into certain political issues, or else should only produce work that conforms to their newsroom’s dominant values (Franklin, 2005).
As a practicing journalist, I got a chance to work as a reporter in one of the famous media outlets. I was sent to the field in Iraq and Syria as an interpreter since I am very fluent in both of the Languages. It was about the real causes and what fuels terrorism in the areas and why Arabs are outraged towards Americans. The results were appalling; we found out that there was no war on terrorism it was just big USA companies protecting their business interests. They were actually financing the complete training and supply guns to the terrorist cells. As much as I tried to translate to my best I could not put the same exact words down because they are against the media outlets values and notions that Arabs are terrorists and the USA is doing an excellent job in fighting it.
This example reflects the concept of self-censorship very well since most of the Major companies mentioned by the people we interviewed finance the media outlet so any adverse report against the sponsors will cause them to lose income and advertisement deals (Franklin, 2005).