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Freedom of Press

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

Danny Schechter | Posted 03.24.2014 | 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 02.24.2014 | 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

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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.

Prominent Americans Oppose Prosecution and Extradition of Assange

Kevin Zeese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

Prominent authors, academics, lawyers, whistleblower activists have signed on to a strongly worded statement condemning "efforts to fraudulently criminalize the legitimate journalism of Julian Assange."

Magnitsky and Russia's Opportunity Cost

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

Lawlessness has been working out pretty well for Putin -- when courts don't work, and when the investigators are specialized in inventing cases rather than solving crimes, the Kremlin becomes the ultimate arbiter in the system.

Reporter's Notebook: Breaking the Gag

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mya Guarnieri

Somewhere in Europe, Sonya Mousa is breathing a sigh of relief. Or so I'm guessing. I've never met or spoken with Sonya Mousa. But, last week when I...

A Journalism Lesson from King Abdullah's University of Science & Technology

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

KAUST is the first university in Saudi Arabia to allow a mixed-gender environment. This has triggered a 'showdown' between the press and a senior member of the clergy.

Kazakhstan's Human Rights Drop Through the Floor

Robert Amsterdam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Amsterdam

I fear that we might just see exactly how many barrels of oil a given dictator needs to export in order to flaunt the law.

Israel Blocks Reporters From Gaza War Zone

AP | ARTHUR MAX | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

EREZ CROSSING, Israel — Israel scrapped arrangements Monday to allow the first foreign reporters into the Gaza Strip since the military launched...

Mayor Bloomberg Does It Again

Rory O'Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rory O'Connor

I must protest -- even at the risk of having my press credential arbitrarily and summarily revoked -- the latest undemocratic decision by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.