By suspending the First Amendment!
No BP independent reporting for anyone. I don't think what these people fear is the big media coverage of the incident but the indy media reports that are coming out.
And on another news: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/17/world/africa/17nigeria.html?_r=1&hp
Big oil spills are no longer news in this vast, tropical land. The Niger Delta, where the wealth underground is out of all proportion with the poverty on the surface, has endured the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez spill every year for 50 years by some estimates. The oil pours out nearly every week, and some swamps are long since lifeless.