Take the most notorious search engine's news aggregate, Google News, for example. Go there and type in "martial law" right now, maybe in conjunction with "Africa" or "Ebola" and see what comes up.
Not a whole lot. Barely more than a digital whisper, really.
Now type in, oh, any combination of those words, but substitute "martial law" with "troops" or "soldiers". Now see what you get.
It's everywhere. Troops have now been deployed in Sierra Leone and Liberia. The country is in a martial law lockdown. It's just?no one in the mainstream media is calling it what it is.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has officially declared a 90-day state of emergency, and she told Associated Press that, "some civil liberties will be suspended". The article went on to say, "In neighboring Sierra Leone, military forces also deployed as part of 'Operation Octopus' which officials said was aimed at preventing 'the unauthorized movement of Ebola-infected persons.'"
This is martial law and in the case of Sierra Leone, martial law with a really creepy code name.