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Once a Defender of Internet Freedom, Putin Is Now Bringing China's Great Firewall to Russia

Andrei Soldatov | Posted 05.03.2016 | World
Andrei Soldatov

MOSCOW -- Back in 1999, when Russia was a different country and Vladimir Putin was a different leader, he promised to protect Internet freedom in Russia. He didn't fear the power of the Web then. But he does now. And he's looking to China for help.

Open Government Owes a Lot to a Couple of 18th-Century Finns

Dunja Mijatović | Posted 04.29.2016 | World
Dunja Mijatović

It seems like such a simple idea these days - "the life and strength of civil liberty consist in limited Government and unlimited freedom of the written word."

The Former Soviet Union's Growing Penchant for Expelling Foreign Journalists

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 05.02.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Journalist Savik Shuster knows what it's like to get expelled from a former Soviet country for his reporting and commentary.

Confusion Over New Media Restrictions in Sri Lanka

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 03.05.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

The Sri Lankan government recently announced that all websites would be required to register with the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media...

Turkey Seizes Control Of Major Newspaper

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 03.04.2016 | World

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish authorities seized control of a newspaper linked to Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen on Friday, in a widening crackdown aga...

A Setback for Media Freedom in Sri Lanka

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 03.03.2016 | World
Taylor Dibbert

The Sri Lankan government has instructed all websites to register with the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media before March 31, 2016. "...

Time For Gulen Movement To Leave Turkey?

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Mahir Zeynalov

Turkey is not a full-fledged dictatorship. Its civil society is perhaps the most vibrant it has ever been. It holds free, albeit not fair, elections regularly and citizens have a chance to change their governments peacefully.

Turkey's Media Faces Imminent Crackdown

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 05.26.2016 | World
Mahir Zeynalov

The Turkish government is reportedly bracing to seize a number of media outlets ahead of key parliamentary elections slated for June 7, a move that will largely finalize the authorities' long-sought goal to completely silence the critical media and will eclipse the last remaining outspoken voice in the Turkish media.

Cartoonists Are Under Fire

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 05.21.2016 | Media
Taylor Dibbert

The New York City-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has come out with a new report that deals with the challenges faced by cartoonists across the globe. In light of the attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo last January, a report of this nature is quite timely.

An Era of Reporting Under Fear

Raza Rumi | Posted 05.10.2016 | Media
Raza Rumi

The state of journalism has obviously changed. The gruesome murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002 by al Qaeda started this dangerous trend.

Journalist Critical Of Macedonian Government Receives Chilling Death Threat

Reuters | Posted 06.22.2015 | Media

* Concern over deteriorating media freedom in Macedonia * Ex-Yugoslav republic locked in political crisis * Journalist r...

These Are The Most Censored Countries In The World

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 05.24.2016 | Media

Eritrea, North Korea and Saudi Arabia have the most restricted press freedom worldwide, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists' list of the...

China Sentences Journalist To 7 Years In Prison For Leaking State Secrets

Reuters | Sui-Lee Wee | Posted 06.17.2015 | Media

BEIJING, April 17 (Reuters) - A Chinese court jailed a journalist accused of leaking an internal Communist Party document to a foreign website for s...

Mexican Court Backs Reporter Fired After Uncovering Scandal

Reuters | Posted 06.15.2015 | Media

MEXICO CITY, April 15 (Reuters) - A court ruling issued on Tuesday may force a broadcaster to negotiate the reinstatement of a high-profile journali...

South Korea Lifts Travel Ban On Japanese Journalist Charged With Defaming President

Reuters | Sohee Kim | Posted 06.14.2015 | Media

(Adds government reactions) By Sohee Kim SEOUL, April 14 (Reuters) - South Korea lifted a travel ban on a Japanese jour...

Turkish Court Acquits Dutch Journalist Of Terrorism Propaganda Charge

Reuters | Posted 06.13.2015 | Media

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) -- A Dutch journalist tried on a charge of disseminating "terrorist propaganda" was acquitted by a Turkish court on Mon...

Malaysia Strengthens Sedition Law To Include Online Media Ban

Reuters | Posted 06.10.2015 | Media

KUALA LUMPUR, April 10 (Reuters) - Malaysia has strengthened its controversial sedition law, imposing a minimum jail term of three years and allowin...

Civil Rights Action Filed On Behalf Of Journalists Arrested During Ferguson Protests

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 03.30.2015 | Media

On Monday, four journalists who were arrested while covering the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown ...

Two Al Jazeera Journalists Detained By Nigerian Military

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2015 | Media

(Adds context, detail) By Julia Payne ABUJA, March 26 (Reuters) - Nigeria's military has detained two Al Jazeera journa...

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 ...

Top Mexican Journalist Says Bosses Tried To Suppress Story

Reuters | Posted 05.23.2015 | Media

MEXICO CITY, March 22 (Reuters) -- A Mexican broadcast news journalist, fired after helping to reveal a conflict of interest scandal that embarrasse...

Prominent Mexican Journalist Says President's Office Backed Her Firing

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2015 | Media

(In paragraph 7, corrects spelling of MVS spokesman to Chao) MEXICO CITY, March 19 (Reuters) - A Mexican journalist fired from her pop...

7iber's Virtual Ink Runs Again

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.05.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

7iber.com (Hiber, Arabic for ink) is running again after bowing to Jordan's licensing requirement and being blocked four times, but it hasn't veered from a mission to produce good, professional, and critical content.

Azerbaijan Must Release All Imprisoned Journalists

Dunja Mijatović | Posted 05.02.2015 | Media
Dunja Mijatović

Journalists and free-expression advocates sit in Azerbaijani jails in record numbers. Their lot is growing. The systematic shutdown of dissenting voices and their outlets are clear violations of commitments on free media and free expression that Azerbaijan has signed on to as a participating State of the OSCE.

Croatia: 'Criminal Enterprise HDZ' Takes Over Presidency -- Organized Crime and the Rise of Nationalism

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 04.16.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

Strong rule of law nations must urgently address transnational organized crime in the Balkan region's mafia states including Croatia, and, help establish the rule of law and independent judiciary.