iOS app Android app

Freedom of Press

Cartoonists Fined For Suggesting Turkish President Erdogan Is Gay

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2015 | Media

ANKARA, March 25 (Reuters) - Two Turkish caricaturists have been fined for insulting President Tayyip Erdogan after a court ruled that one of their ...

Jailed Al Jazeera Journalists Could Still Be Pardoned

Reuters | Posted 03.15.2015 | Media

* Three journalists face retrial * Minister says presidential pardon can't be excluded * Improving ties between Egypt, Q...

George Lois: Be a Cultural Provocateur

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 03.14.2015 | Arts
Andrea Chalupa

Recent events reminded me of his advice to use creativity to change the world, to be a cultural provocateur.

Prosecutors Now Want To Bar James Risen From Testifying

AP | By MATTHEW BARAKAT | Posted 03.14.2015 | Media

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — After pushing for years to get testimony from a recalcitrant New York Times reporter in a CIA leak case, prosecutors launched...

Is God More Insulted by Cartoons or Those Who Kill in God's Name?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Bosnia's Muslim leadership answers without ambiguity. We have to worry more about those who would appoint themselves to defend God against presumed insult than those purportedly committing the offense.

Erdogan's Latest Attack on Critical Media

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Alparslan Akkuş

Turkish police raided media outlets and detained journalists nationwide on Sunday in operations against what President Tayyip Erdogan says is a network conspiring to topple him. The detentions came days after the government-sponsored bill was signed into law that made it possible to arrest suspects based on "reasonable doubt."

There's Something Wrong in Ukraine: How Their Government Is Censoring the Voice of the People

Valerie Hsieh | Posted 08.26.2014 | Teen
Valerie Hsieh

Far more than being simply a source for news and current events, newspapers and other mass media outlets provide a voice for the people as well as a place where officials can be held accountable and questioned by any and all citizens.

Major Media "Rallies" In New York To Urge Press Freedom From Government Spies and Protection for Sources

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.21.2014 | Media
Danny Schechter

The term "spring offensive" may be out of favor in the media, but more than 50 organizations endorsed a forum this past Friday with some of the media's best known editorial heavyweights, to discuss the most serious crisis journalistic freedom has faced in decades.

18 Powerful Images from Massive #SOSVenezuela Demonstration in Los Angeles, California

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Stephanie Rudat

Clad in vibrant colors of the Venezuelan flag, supporters of ongoing protests in Venezuela rallied peacefully in Los Angeles, California on Saturday in front of the Federal Building.

Egyptian Revolution Will Fail if the Press Is Not Free

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

I was part of a delegation of the International Press Institute that visited the Egyptian capital last week to try and plead the case of some 12 Egypt...

Meet Anne Royall: The Muckraker Who Made Washington Bow Down in Fear

Jeff Biggers | Posted 02.03.2014 | Media
Jeff Biggers

On December 3rd in 1831, freewheeling author Anne Royall launched the nation's first muckraking newspaper in Washington, D.C., forever changing the state of journalism. We need Anne Royall's journalistic chutzpah today, more than ever.

Fifteen Minutes of Fame and the First and Fourteenth Amendments

David Abbitt | Posted 10.22.2013 | Media
David Abbitt

At some point we have to ask ourselves: What are the costs for our increasing proclivity towards escapism in our social and news media?

Crowd Funding the Right to Know

Daniel Ellsberg | Posted 02.15.2013 | Media
Daniel Ellsberg

When a government becomes invisible, it becomes unaccountable. To expose its lies, errors, and illegal acts is not treason, it is a moral responsibility. Leaks become the lifeblood of the Republic.

Daughter of Billionaire GOP Donor Sheldon Adelson Pushes Democracy Now! Staff, Seizes Camera at RNC

Democracy Now! | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Democracy Now!

When Democracy Now! senior producer Mike Burke attempted to interview billionaire casino magnate and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson inside the Repub...

The Wall Street Journal and Climate Change: Where Are the Facts?

James A. Shapiro | Posted 03.31.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

Is some unhealthy editorial agenda at work here? The future of climate change reporting in the WSJ should allow us to answer that question.

The Failure of Our "Free" Press

William Astore | Posted 03.14.2012 | Media
William Astore

The ideal of freedom of the press, so crucial to democracy, is upheld only when its practitioners willingly challenge the so-called "facts" of the powerful. Give us a watchdog press willing to bite the hand that feeds it, not a lapdog that snaps up all the little treats fed to it by its masters.

French Claim for Origins of Investigative Journalism

David Tereshchuk | Posted 02.12.2012 | Arts
David Tereshchuk


Waiting for the Dawn: Minsk Rises by Eric Almeida

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

How can a westerner begin to understand what life is like in such a country as Belarus? By reading Eric Almeida's gripping political thriller, Minsk Rises.

Magazine Posts An Even More Outrageous Muhammad Cartoon

Posted 01.09.2012 | Arts

Last week, the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo were firebombed after printing a controversial cartoon of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad with the...

"Do as I Say, Not as I Do"

Jean-François Julliard | Posted 01.01.2012 | DC
Jean-François Julliard

The world over, repressive governments censor or blackout the press and the Internet to shield itself from the forces of social change. Disturbing then to see the same thing happening in the United States.

Topless Protest Turned Ugly (PHOTOS)

Posted 09.18.2011 | Weird News

A topless demonstration in Ukraine got ugly outside the Georgian embassy when a security guard fought with half-naked women on Monday. The shirtles...

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the Media Circus and the Roman Arena

Carlo Strenger | Posted 08.31.2011 | Media
Carlo Strenger

While the damage to Dominique Strauss-Kahn's life and career cannot be mended, he now stands to be publicly vindicated, and there is a good chance that, at least in France, his honor will be restored. Not all victims of the press's hunger for scandal are as lucky.

Rachid Nini: Islam And the Case For Human Rights

Umar Akbar Ahmed | Posted 08.27.2011 | Religion
Umar Akbar Ahmed

The winds of change are blowing in the Middle East. People throughout the Muslim world want accountability, free press, democracy and jobs. But above all, they want basic human dignity.

Europeans and Americans Should Freely Urge Turkey to Respect Free Speech

Marietje Schaake | Posted 06.06.2011 | World
Marietje Schaake

The debate on fundamental freedoms in Turkey intensified after the recent arrests of journalists following a court order that criminalizes the possession of a yet unpublished book.

We Are Being Silenced

Elcin Poyrazlar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elcin Poyrazlar

While the Middle East is swaying gracefully under the wind of change, Turkey is slowly suffocating without free media.