There is always the threat that writers travelling to locations that are politically unstable are putting their own lives at risk in the process. For example, Clem Lindenmayer, an author for Lonely Planet and writer of “Trekking in the Patagonian Andes” is missing since his trip to China (Braithwaite, 2007 ). There are many more instances of abduction, torture and murder of foreigners in countries with haphazard political climates. Therefore, this risk is not imagined. It is completely real and puts Lonely Planet in an uncomfortable position.
Another threat that has surfaced in the past years is that of opposition from various parties regarding making guidebooks about countries with unstable and hostile legal and political scenarios. For example, many people have been outraged and have called for the boycotting of Lonely Planet because of their guidebook on Burma. Given the political regime in Burma, these people say that is highly irresponsible on the part of Lonely Planet to produce a book that invites people and encourages them to travel to that country (BBC News, 2008).
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