Bloomberg has a nice piece on freedom of the press in Asia (see here)It outlines problems in one country after another.
Hanif has consistently decried a culture of impunity that is enabled by
the media’s apathy, if not complicity. He has also warned how these
entwined evils steadily creep in from the atrocity-rich borderlands to
the uncaring heartland. “Even in the darkest of times,” Hannah Arendt
once wrote, “we have the right to expect some illumination.” Yet
journalistic institutions, pressured by political, military and
commercial interests, increasingly seem too frail to oblige. The
responsibility falls, frequently and unfairly, on such individual
dissenters as Hanif, whose courage and integrity make them all the more
vulnerable in these dark times.
I would argue that we have much the same process going on in the west. It is not as bloody or violent. And the internet makes it more difficult to suppress information. But the illumination is so often tainted with ideological spin (right, left, middle) that we often want to discount everything.