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President Obama, Pacifc Gyre, Papahānaumokuākea reserve, you heard it here first

Anna Wilding | Posted 08.30.2016 | DC
Anna Wilding

President Obama announced his plans at the White House today to expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii. This would make the Marine Reserve the largest in the world.

Turkey's Erdogan Fails The Test Of Democracy

Maria Armoudian | Posted 08.22.2016 | World
Maria Armoudian

The test of a leader's commitment to democracy is not in peaceful and agreeable times but in times of dissent and disagreement. And Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has failed the test.

Funding Nonprofit Journalism? Be Transparent And Do No Harm

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.12.2016 | Media
Craig Newmark

The American Press Institute, who support a vibrant and democratic free press, recently released some really good work on the ethics of funding of nonprofit journalism, with specific recommendations to come.

Why Trump's War on the Media Is a Danger to Our Democracy

David Chavern | Posted 06.03.2016 | Media
David Chavern

Donald Trump's treatment of journalists and the press isn't just offensive or rude or political theater. It is dangerous - and that is true whether or not "the media" is popular with the voting public.

A Holistic Approach To Press Freedom In Jordan

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.12.2016 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The celebration of Press Freedom Day by Jordan's UNESCO office by means of a debate on this year's theme of access to information revealed the gap that exists between Jordan's public position and the reality.

A Revision on the Bill of Rights, Part II

Justin Curmi | Posted 04.22.2016 | Politics
Justin Curmi

If a person is unaware of his or her rights, they will be doomed to laws that establish religions, prevent religious expression, limits free speech and press, and the right for people to protest peaceably.

Happy Net Neutrali-versary!

Craig Aaron | Posted 02.26.2016 | Technology
Craig Aaron

We showed last year that organized people can still beat organized money. We showed that creative campaigns can counteract corporate cash. We showed that we should never settle for Washington's narrow definition of what's possible.

The ‘Journalism Registry’ Bill Isn’t The Only Bad Media Legislation Of The New Year

The Columbia Journalism Review | Judah Robinson | Posted 01.22.2016 | Media

You might have heard this week about the looniest media-related legislative proposal of the new year: A measure in South Carolina to create a “respo...

Suicide Bomb In Afghan Capital Targets Journalists, Kills Seven People

Reuters | Judah Robinson | Posted 01.20.2016 | Media

A Taliban suicide car bomber targeted a minibus carrying journalists working for a private Afghan television channel on Wednesday, killing seven emplo...

Jailed Journalists In Turkey Say Arrest Aimed At Gagging Press

Reuters | Judah Robinson | Posted 01.20.2016 | Media

Two jailed Turkish editors, accused of spying and helping a terrorist group, have told Reuters in a faxed message from prison that their arrest was de...

GOP Rep. Wants Government To Register Journalists

The Huffington Post | Michael Calderone | Posted 01.19.2016 | Media

A South Carolina state representative who once introduced legislation to replace federal paper currency with gold and silver coins wants the governmen...

Egypt Extends Journalist's Detention By 15 Days

Al Jazeera English | Judah Robinson | Posted 12.02.2015 | Media

Egypt has extended the detention of a journalist accused of "releasing false news aimed at spreading terror" and "joining a banned group" by 15 days p...

Freedom from Speech

Brian Rooney | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Brian Rooney

If you believe in free speech, don't go to college. What happened at the University of Missouri in Columbia this week shows that a lot of college students and even some of their faculty don't believe in the exchange of free speech and ideas anymore.

Turkey Criticised Over Media Freedoms And Judicial Independence In EU Report

The Guardian | Judah Robinson | Posted 11.11.2015 | Media

The EU has accused Turkey of backsliding on the rule of law, rights and the media, calling on the new government to take urgent action in a sensitive ...

iPhone News

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 11.08.2015 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

So where is all that video? 2.5 million cameras shooting 24 hours a day -- video that is unquestionably honest, first person, as it happens, on the spot, from the source storytelling. Of all those millions of hours of video, how much of it have you seen on TV news?

Protecting the Media in Transitional States

Dallin Van Leuven | Posted 09.14.2016 | World
Dallin Van Leuven

Certainly, the U.S. can and should lead the way in promoting free speech across the world. But when it comes to promoting a free press and protecting the media in transitional states, perhaps the world would be better off following the lead of countries like Ghana.

Caught Between Egypt, Qatar and the Struggle for Free Press

Mohamed Fahmy | Posted 07.27.2016 | World
Mohamed Fahmy

My clock is ticking. Time is close. Come judgment day, I dread becoming another statistic languishing behind bars, referred to by a hashtag on Twitter knowing that the outcome of the trial may have nothing to do with evidence but merely based on the political score settling between Qatar and Egypt. It will be much harder this time around to get locked up for a crime I didn't commit after tasting freedom.

"Study" of ISP Slowdowns Conveniently Ignored Real Cause, ISPs Not At Fault

Dan Rayburn | Posted 06.30.2016 | Technology
Dan Rayburn

Free Press pitched their agenda to the media and some news outlets wrote stories saying major Internet providers were slowing traffic speeds for thousands of consumers across North America. But as it turns out, the Free Press came to the wrong conclusion when they accused the ISPs of being responsible.

The Sun Must Set on Mass Surveillance

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.29.2016 | Politics
Timothy Karr

The Senate's pro-surveillance wing is scrambling to advance new legislation to restore the NSA's unchecked ability to spy on all of us. And they're in a rush. Authorization for the federal government's bulk collection of phone records is set to expire on June 1.

The Challenge of Journalism Is to Survive in the Pressure Cooker of Plutocracy

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.28.2016 | Media
Bill Moyers

But we need more than money to sustain independent journalism. We need laws to ensure that reporters can protect their sources. We need to hound government at every level to respond to public records requests.

Journalism in the Age of Mass Surveillance

The Next Ten Challenge | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
The Next Ten Challenge

Surveillance has begun to replace censorship as the weapon of choice for both democracies and repressive regimes intent on silencing and intimidating journalists.

A Test for Cool (and Nice) Japan: Press Relations

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.04.2016 | World
Nancy Snow

To improve Japan's global reputation, the government of Japan must loosen its hold on the free press. Undue pressure on a press, whose duty is to report facts on the ground, creates more critics than defenders of Japan.

How We Won Net Neutrality

Craig Aaron | Posted 04.28.2015 | Technology
Craig Aaron

This is what democracy looks like. That's not something I thought I'd ever say about the bureaucrats at the Federal Communications Commission. After years of cronyism, corruption and cowardice, Thursday's vote for strong Net Neutrality rules at the FCC is unexpected if not unprecedented.

The Right to Hold a Pen

Hannah Berkman | Posted 03.22.2015 | College
Hannah Berkman

The carnage at "Charlie Hebdo" was particularly shocking not only because of its brutality and abruptness, but also because it personified the increasing number of attacks on journalists. While Western nations claim to be champions of free speech and press, their actions speak much louder than such declarations.

Charlie Hebdo, Voltaire, and Us

Lex Paulson | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics
Lex Paulson

Paris has a way of drawing one's gaze to the past. As we marched southeast yesterday from Place de la République, crowds singing and banners flying, we asserted proud and ancient sentiments against a tragedy that had blown us all back.