The information genie is out of the bottle and many leaders see this as a threat to their power, which it is.
Governments, even democratic governments, have long operated in the shadows. Now however with powerful information technologies this is less the case. With the Internet, sunlight sometimes shines onto the underbelly of leviathan. Leviathan does not like this.
(From In These Times)
As New York Times media correspondent David Carr put it: “If you add up the pulling of news organization phone records (The Associated Press), the tracking of individual reporters (Fox News), and the effort by the current administration to go after sources (seven instances and counting in which a government official has been criminally charged with leaking classified information to the news media), suggesting that there is a war on the press is less hyperbole than simple math.”