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Press Freedom

It Is Time to Cover Turkey's Media Crisis Before It Is Too Late

Jen Nedeau | Posted 07.18.2014 | Media
Jen Nedeau

A free press is critical to ensure that the Turkish people understand the corruption going on with the government and the judicial system before they elect a new President on August 10.

Injustice in Egypt: How Freedom of Speech Could Lose Its Voice

Gilles Raymond | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Gilles Raymond

The images from Egypt, of journalists in cages, should make all of us recoil and react. And stand firm in our commitment to protecting the freedom of the press.

Why the SCOTUS Cellphone Decision is a Win for Press Freedom

Josh Stearns | Posted 06.26.2014 | Media
Josh Stearns

According to the Supreme Court, police need a warrant to search the cellphones of people they arrest. The unanimous decision, which was handed down this week, is being heralded as a major victory for privacy rights and a landmark case with implications far beyond cellphones.

Until My Life is Written By God: One Man's Fight for Press Freedom in Pakistan

Rebecca Novick | Posted 06.23.2014 | World
Rebecca Novick

Peshawar, in the North-Western Khyber region on the edge of the country's tribal areas, has been dubbed the "terror capital" of Pakistan for good reason.

Newseum Pays Solemn Tribute To Murdered Journalists

AP | By CONNOR RADNOVICH | Posted 06.10.2014 | Media

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Newseum on Monday honored the 77 journalists who were killed around the world in 2013 by adding 10 names to its towering memor...

Denied: New Report Looks at Press Passes and Press Freedom Issues Across the United States

Josh Stearns | Posted 06.05.2014 | Media
Josh Stearns

The data also showed that reporters who identified as "activists" were more than twice as likely to be denied access. This bias against activist media may make sense to some, but the authors of the report point out the slippery slope this trend suggests.

Mr. Xi Jinping, Please Respect Tank Man's Memory!

Christophe Deloire | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Christophe Deloire

Do you remember the man who stopped a column of 17 tanks on Beijing's Avenue of Eternal Peace in June 1989, the day after the bloody crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests?

Obama And Holder Pushed To Stop Pursuing NYT Reporter

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 06.03.2014 | Media

A new petition is calling on President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to drop the government's legal efforts to get New York Times reporter Ja...

Action Required: The Modern Meaning of Memorial Day

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
K.J. Wetherholt

While many will be setting up their grills, thankful for a long weekend and looking forward to the summer, numerous journalists will also be making commentary on what this day means.

This Al Jazeera Journalist Is #DyingToLive

Shadi Rahimi | Posted 07.19.2014 | World
Shadi Rahimi

They are among dozens of reporters in Egypt who have been attacked, arrested or detained since last fall. The independent rights watchdog Human Rights Monitor says the violations against journalists since July 3, 2013, including killings, arrests, detention and military trials, are the "highest rates in Egypt's history."

Sterling's Lesson: Public Figures Have Few Privacy Rights

Sara-Ellen Amster, Ph.D. | Posted 07.11.2014 | Media
Sara-Ellen Amster, Ph.D.

If anything, Donald Sterling's problems have cemented this warning for others. We know even private people have turned themselves into instant journalists in the world we live in, and you can't unring the bell of the digital revolution.

Poll Shows Disturbing Trend For Media Freedom

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 05.02.2014 | Media

Just one day before World Press Freedom Day, a new poll by Gallup found that people around the world think their media is becoming less free. Out o...

VIDEO: Burmese Democracy Icon U Win Tin's Last Public Talk

East-West Center | Posted 06.28.2014 | Hawaii
East-West Center

Burmese journalist, longtime political prisoner and National League for Democracy co-founder U Win Tin passed away on April 21 at age 85.

The Rise and Fall of Pakistan's Independent News Media

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 06.28.2014 | Media
Malik Siraj Akbar

What we have seen during the past few days on Pakistan's media landscape cautions us not to be overly optimistic about the future of that country's "vibrant" news media. There is still a long way to go.

Mounting Tensions Between Pakistan Media and Military

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 06.24.2014 | Media
Malik Siraj Akbar

With the accusations about the I.S.I's involvement in another plot against a journalist, the failed assassination attempt has transformed into a major national debate in Pakistan about the army's hostile relationship with the media and desperate attempts to strangulate dissenting voices.

Matt Sledge

Clapper Bans 'Unauthorized' Media Contacts

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics

Two months after promising a new era of transparency at the nation's intelligence agencies, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has slamme...

Kidnapped Journalists Finally Freed

AP | ELAINE GANLEY | Posted 06.20.2014 | Media

PARIS (AP) — Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home Sunday to joyful families, a presidential welcome and q...

Congressional Democrats Making Huge Mistake Targeting Hate Speech

Alan Colmes | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Alan Colmes

Democrats Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Hakeem Jeffreys of New York want to clamp down on what can be said on radio under the rubric of "hate speech," and it's a terrible idea. Government should stay as far away from broadcast content as possible.

US Is Now An 'Enemy Of The Internet'

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 03.14.2014 | Media

Reporters Without Borders has added the United States to its "Enemies of the Internet" for the first time since the survey began in 2006. The watch...

Crisis in Ukraine: a Cascade of Many International Law Violations

Boris Mamlyuk | Posted 05.13.2014 | World
Boris Mamlyuk

Despite the centrality of international law to the ongoing crisis, there has been remarkably little substantive discussion regarding the precise conventions, norms, and principles of international law at issue.

A Free Press Crusader on the Crimean Front

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.07.2014 | Media
Timothy Karr

Confrontation doesn't ruffle Mijatovic, who hails from Sarajevo. She experienced first-hand the suffering of people in Bosnia and Herzegovina whose views were suppressed during the Bosnian War.

Where Did Press Freedom Suffer Most in 2013? Online

Josh Stearns | Posted 04.29.2014 | Media
Josh Stearns

As the spaces and places in which we publish, speak and assemble grow more connected, the geography of freedom is in flux. We'll need to draw new maps, and forge new paths, and fight new battles to protect our rights online and off.

Venezuelan Crisis: Resentment, Struggle and a Way Forward

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.29.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?

Journalists Protest Worldwide In Support Of Detained Reporters

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 02.27.2014 | Media

Journalists protested around the world on Thursday in solidarity with the Al Jazeera staffers and other members of the press who have been detained an...

Public Diplomacy and Press Freedom

Philip Seib | Posted 04.26.2014 | Media
Philip Seib

The White House and State Department need to rev up the engine of public diplomacy and make it more central to U.S. foreign policy. Forcefully defending press freedom would be a good way to start. The world will take note.