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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 | 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.

Why Are So Many Respected Chinese Journalists Quitting?

Tea Leaf Nation | Posted 11.12.2012 | World
Tea Leaf Nation

Recently, Jian Guangzhou (@简光洲), one of the most reputed investigative journalists in China, quit the Oriental Daily (@东方早报) and announced he was ending his reporting career.

Is Tunisia's Post-Revolution Media Freedom Slipping?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.21.2012 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

On a post-revolution visit to Tunis, I was struck by the changes and how one could actually access the Internet, tweet, blog and get news of the outside world. But

"Eye-Hunting" in Cairo: The Military's Assault on Reporters

Dan Williams | Posted 02.01.2012 | World
Dan Williams

There's the tried-and-true means of stifling the press: whack the reporters. Jail them. Beat them. And what better opportunity than during protests that demanded the ultimate taboo -- that the generals should immediately transfer authority to a civilian government?

Clamp-down on Free Press... From Winners of Freedom!

David Tereshchuk | Posted 01.31.2012 | World
David Tereshchuk

South Africa's media are among the most vibrant and adventurous in the world. Currently, though, journalists in this still-young democracy, the so-called Rainbow Nation, appear to be living in a state of shock and outrage.

State-Owned Media Lies, Corruption and Mind Control

Wael Nawara | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Wael Nawara

Government approval, conditioning and "retouching" of the news is all part of the corrupt value system which thrives in today's Egypt.

The Permanent Campaign Has No Borders

David Hoffman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Hoffman

Instead of pre-packaged messages broadcast overseas, building the capacity of local media and investigative reporters promotes transparency and creates a culture of democratic activism.