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Crimea TV Station Critical Of Russia Goes Off Air

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 04.01.2015 | Media

MOSCOW (AP) — Crimea's independent television station ATR has gone off air after Russian authorities repeatedly refused to give it a broadcasting li...

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 ...

U.S. Troubled By Thai Prime Minister's Threat To Execute Reporters

AP | Posted 03.27.2015 | Media

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says it hopes that Thailand's leader, who took power in a military coup last year, wasn't serious when he made a threat t...

Two Al Jazeera Journalists Detained By Nigerian Military

Reuters | Posted 03.26.2015 | 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 03.25.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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 03.20.2015 | Media

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

Myanmar Jails 2 Journalists For Defamation

AP | Posted 03.19.2015 | Media

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A Myanmar court sentenced two reporters to two months in prison on charges of defamation, in the latest ruling that raises co...

7iber's Virtual Ink Runs Again

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.06.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | 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 02.14.2015 | 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.

Journalists Face Increasing Danger As Press Freedoms Collapse Worldwide

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 02.17.2015 | Media

Fueled by myriad wars and widespread political turmoil, 2014 saw a shocking number of journalists jailed, intimidated and murdered with impunity simpl...

Russian Media Is in Dire Need of Self-Examination

Dunja Mijatović | Posted 01.26.2015 | Media
Dunja Mijatović

Russia has largely failed in sustaining media freedom and ensuring journalists' safety. It is the obligation of any modern state to prove its political will to protect journalists. It is time for Russia to demonstrate that will.

Reporters Without Borders Demands Protection for Kosovar Investigative Journalist

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said, "Duriqi's plight is extremely worrying and the threats should be taken seriously."

Newseum Pays Solemn Tribute To Murdered Journalists

AP | By CONNOR RADNOVICH | Posted 08.09.2014 | 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...

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.

Zimbabwe: We Can't Give Up Our Dreams of Freedom

World Pulse | Posted 09.29.2013 | Impact
World Pulse

As elections loom and the state tightens its grip on the media in Zimbabwe, Dudziro 'Chibairo' Nhengu takes a lesson from her 12-year-old son on the u...

Repressing Rights While Talking Law in Uganda

Maria Burnett | Posted 05.24.2013 | World
Maria Burnett

The ability to criticize government policies and action, to debate the quality of governance and service delivery, to complain when a "development" initiative violates rights, to scrutinize the president and his inner circle all hang in the balance in Uganda.

Sri Lanka Media Freedom Faces Downward Spiral

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 04.21.2013 | World
Dinouk Colombage

Media freedom in Sri Lanka took a severe blow over the weekend as two separate incidences involving the abuse of journalists took place. Attacks on journalists have gone unimpeded with no arrests and convictions.

Dictators Seem Strong, But They Can't Take a Joke

Freedom House | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Mary McGuire Senior Communications Manager and Mary Humphreys, Communications Intern A thick skin is a necessary prerequisite for every success...

John Kiriakou's Lawyer Slams Obama Administration

Posted 01.07.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Jesselyn Radack, a lawyer for soon-to-be-jailed former CIA officer John Kiriakou, came on HuffPost Live Monday to discuss her client's plea deal and u...

Former CIA Officer To Face Prison For Leaking To Press

www.nytimes.com | Posted 03.07.2013 | Media

WASHINGTON -- Looking back, John C. Kiriakou admits he should have known better. But when the F.B.I. called him a year ago and invited him to stop by ...

The Best and Worst Human Rights Developments of 2012

Freedom House | Posted 03.02.2013 | World
Freedom House

As 2012 winds down, it is time again to reflect on the year’s human rights developments. How did the world do following an eventful 2011?

Freedom Over Truth?

Daniel A. Bell | Posted 11.25.2012 | Media
Daniel A. Bell

Western societies rightly take pride in commitment to freedom of the press. In China, journalists are subject to tight political controls. But there are some advantages to the Chinese way of reporting news.