BBC News yesterday was headlining an item on a demonstration outside the Icelandic Parliament calling for the resignation of the Government and a new election. Part of the crowd split off to demand the release of a protester who had been arrested. Police used pepper spray to disperse the crowd.
Normally, you would expect a TV story to be carried in the newspapers. Today, it is in the UK newspapers. You have to search "Iceland protest" to find the item on the BBC site. The Guardian - nothing on headlines or search. Annanova - nothing. Times on Line, Independent, Telegraph - nothing on search.
However, the news is carried in the Scotsman, CNN, and news in NZ and OZ.
So, it would appear that a certain amount of news management has been taking place. Iceland is a stable, mature democracy ranking in the top group of the PTS scale for 2006., so it is a matter of more significance than if it had occurred in a more backward country like the UK.
Who, how, when &c does this news management take place in the UK? I take a desultory look at the D-notice website, but cannot be bothered to look for anything specifically preventing reporting of Icelandic riots, because it would be naive to expect that kind of transparency.
Governments rightly fear that economic dissatisfaction will lead to loss of control, and I suppose they fear that reports of disturbances in Iceland may give other people the same idea. So they manage the media, and would like to manage the web also.
The Memory Hole is a website that caches material that the rulers would prefer that you forgot.