Government advertising as a reward or punishment for media: Are you affected?
In countries around the world, governments have turned to using advertising to manipulate the media: Positive coverage equals more government ads; negative coverage leads to governments pulling their ads.
According to a new study, governments in Latin America are "distributing government advertising with the aim of influencing news coverage and punishing critics."
In many cases, government officials are making advertising payments directly to individual reporters, and even calling editors upset over certain news coverage.
In your region, is advertising ever used to punish or reward media outlets or journalists? Have you ever personally experienced this? What can journalists do to resist government practices to control the media through advertising?