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Courtney C. Radsch
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Courtney C. Radsch is a journalist, media expert and freedom of expression advocate who writes frequently about the intersection of media, activism and technology, with a particular focus on the Middle East. She previously worked as Senior Program Manager for the Global Freedom of Expression Campaign at Freedom House. An international media expert with more than 12 years of experience, Ms. Radsch regularly speaks and writes about media and technology issues, particularly internet and press freedom, cyberactivism, and most recently social media and the Arab Spring.and and is the author of several book chapters and articles. Ms. Radsch also has experience conducting media training, including journalism, cross cultural communications, digital/social media, and international media development and has conducted research, assessment, and advocacy missions to Azerbaijan, Bahrain, the EU, Lebanon, Libya, Mozambique, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda and the United Nations in New York and Geneva. Prior to joining Freedom House, Ms. Radsch worked for Al Arabiya news station in Dubai and held positions at the New York Times, the Daily Star (Lebanon), and the Development Executive Group, Radsch is completing her doctorate in international relations at American University and turning her dissertation, "The Revolution Will be Blogged: Cyberactivism in Egypt," into a book. She holds a Masters degree from the Georgetown's School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of California, Berkeley. She is proficient in Arabic, French and Spanish.

Ms. Radsch can be reached via email atcradsch [at] gmail (dot) com and on twitter @courtneyr

Entries by Courtney C. Radsch

Press Freedom Must Not Be Compromised in Fight Against Extremism

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2015 | 9:27 AM

In an effort to counter extremists and militant groups who use a mix of violence and social media to spread their message, a summit was held in Washington, D.C. this week to discuss how to counter violent extremism. While there is little denying that these groups must be...

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Panopticonism: Join the Fight Against Mass Surveillance

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 2:13 PM

Today is the day we fight back against mass surveillance by the NSA, other governments around the world, and the complicity of private companies in doing so. The normalization of mass, dragnet surveillance and the lack of transparency and oversight is a greater threat to our civil liberties than anything...

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Media Wars in Egypt: The Revolution Continues With Journalists in the Crosshairs

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 12:27 PM

Upon taking power and unseating the first democratically elected (if not necessarily governing) president, the military immediately shut down several Egyptian and Arab television stations and arrested numerous journalists. Dozens of journalists remain in jail and several stations off-air amid the military's assertion that it was carrying out the will...

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Online Voices for All? Women's Marginalization Online and What It Means for Internet Freedom

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 2:21 PM

The core principals of internet freedom include the ability to access the internet and freely express one's opinions, but there is a large...
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Egypt to Ban YouTube for a Month in Response to 'Innocence of Muslims'

(5) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 12:29 PM

An Egyptian court has ordered a one-month blockage of YouTube, the popular video-sharing site that more than 44% of internet users in the country use every day, with more than 50% of them using it to follow political news. The administrative order came...
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Twitter vs. the Emir: Tweeting in Kuwait Becoming a Dangerous Pastime

(3) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 5:21 PM

Tweeting in Kuwait has become a dangerous pastime. A Kuwaiti tweep was charged with insulting the Emir and sentenced to the maximum punishment of five years on Sunday, becoming the latest in a string of Twitter users who have been arrested and put in prison for the opinions...

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Why Al Jazeera America?

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 12:58 PM

Al Jazeera, the once-purloined Arab news station that fundamentally altered the Arab mediascape, has finagled its way into the American market by purchasing the progressive but less-than-successful Current TV. After the station launched its English-language channel in 2006, it found itself largely shut out of the American market and was...

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Why a Global Blasphemy Law Is the Wrong Response to Islamaphobia

(3) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 3:11 PM

The recent outbreak of violence in several Muslim-majority countries, ostensibly in response to a malicious amateur video created by anti-Muslim hatemongers, has prompted calls for limiting speech that insults or does not "respect" religions and prophets, or the so-called defamation of a religion. Freedom House, along with many other human...

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Revolution, Women And Social Media in The Middle East

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 11:30 AM

"The power of women is in their stories. They are not theories, they are real lives that, thanks to social networks, we are able to share and exchange," said Egyptian-American activist Mona el-Tahawey, kicking off a summit that brought more than a hundred of the Middle East's leading female activists...

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Egyptian Blogger Sentenced by Military Rulers Amid Accusations of Human Rights "Cronyism"

(6) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 3:09 PM

Blogger Maikel Nabil was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday, a one-year reduction from his three-year sentence handed down on Apr. 11 by a military tribunal in closed session. Nabil was tried by a military tribunal, despite being a civilian, joining the 12,000 people who have been...

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Democracies Should Lead the way on Right to Know Day

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 3:51 PM

Governments are supposed to be representatives of the people, delegates of their citizens, trustees of the public good. Yet too often we see that officials, once elected or anointed, hold information close the vest and are loathe to share with the public. Information is power, and in repressive regimes, the...

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The Revolutions Will Be Hashtagged: Twitter Turns 5 as the Middle East Demands Democracy

(2) Comments | Posted March 29, 2011 | 12:00 PM

Twitter, the microblog people love to hate, turned 5 this week. Twitter is probably most famous for the celebrities and politicians that use it to communicate with their fan bases, but in the Middle East Twitter is better known as a tool of political dissent and social mobilization. Deposed Egyptian...

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Double-Edged Sword: Social Media's Subversive Potential

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2011 | 2:16 PM

"I heard em say the revolution wont be televised; Aljazeera proved em wrong, Twitter has him paralyzed." So begins an American hip-hop song that has become an anthem of the revolution. In authoritarian regimes the spread of information is a subversive act. Twittering, Facebooking and blogging are all about spreading...

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Repertoires of Repression and the Egypt Street: This Is Not a Facebook, Twitter or Wiki Revolution!

(5) Comments | Posted February 1, 2011 | 10:21 AM

It's oh so tempting for the mainstream media to give what's happening in Egypt a pithy label, and for a new media scholar like myself, I would seem to have a vested interest as well, but if I have learned anything through my five years studying cyberactivism in...

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First Egyptian Blogger Imprisoned for Writings is Released

(3) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 4:17 PM

Kareem Amer, the first Egyptian blogger to be prosecuted for the content of his writings, was released Tuesday after serving a four-year sentence for defaming Islam and President Hosni Mubarak. His sentence expired Nov. 5, but upon being released he was immediately re-arrested, pretty par for the course in terms...

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Prize-Winning Hypocrisy

(1) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 1:09 PM

If you were a scientist would you really want to get a prize from a dictator? Would you want one of the world's worst human rights abusers to "honor" you with an award, even if it was filtered through the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)? UNESCO's decision...

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Digital Dictators

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 1:41 PM

Are repression and surveillance really the antidote to terrorism? Or are they the surest bet for authoritarian leaders struggling to maintain their grip on power amid an onslaught of digital technologies that facilitate the free flow of information?

The debate over demands by a growing list of countries, including Egypt,...

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