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Al Jazeera's Ahmed Mansour Arrested In Berlin At Request Of Egyptian Authorities

Reuters | Posted 06.20.2015 | Media

BERLIN (Reuters) — A leading Al Jazeera journalist was arrested at a Berlin airport on Saturday at the request of Egypt, a lawyer for the Qatar-base...

Encryption: An Important Protection For Content And Communications

The Next Ten Challenge | Posted 06.15.2015 | Media
The Next Ten Challenge

This advice was tweeted by Eva Galperin of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based organization committed to the defense of privacy and Internet freedom. She meant everybody should use this tool to protect all of their online communications.

Will It Take 10,000 Days in Prison for Europe to Hold Eritrea to Account?

Christophe Deloire | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Christophe Deloire

The European Union and Sweden must face up to the fact that this regime just plays for time without regard for human life and basic human values. Until now the international community has naively played along but, 14 years after the crackdown that put Isaak and so many others behind bars, it is time to stop.

How Free Is The Press In Ukraine?

AP | PETER LEONARD | Posted 05.27.2015 | Media

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Crunch time is coming in a Ukrainian showdown that may yield clues into an increasingly asked question: How free is the press i...

How Technology Helps Journalists Protect Themselves

The Next Ten Challenge | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
The Next Ten Challenge

More than ever before, journalists who work in dangerous zones understand the importance of technology to improve safety and reduce risk. Orellana, an investigative reporter for La Prensa, Honduras, works in San Pedro Sula, which has the highest murder rate in the world, with 186 murders per 100,000 people. Unwilling to investigate stories with only phone interviews, she enters the turf of drug cartels to interview victims of violence.

There Will Be More Silence in the Face of Tyranny if We Continue to Look the Other Way

Charles M. Sennott | Posted 05.08.2015 | Media
Charles M. Sennott

This dark vision for the future will be our own fault if we allow the attack on journalism around the world to go unchecked for another decade, if we continue to look the other way and ignore how killing the messenger erodes democracy and threatens a free, open society.

Journalism in the Age of Mass Surveillance

The Next Ten Challenge | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
The Next Ten Challenge

Surveillance has begun to replace censorship as the weapon of choice for both democracies and repressive regimes intent on silencing and intimidating journalists.

Press Freedom Worldwide Hits Dangerous Low

AP | By JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 06.29.2015 | Media

WASHINGTON (AP) — Terrorists are targeting journalists, authoritarian governments are jailing them and some countries are tightening media controls,...

Portugal Media Outraged Over Proposed Election Coverage Law

AP | Posted 06.24.2015 | Media

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's leading media companies are in uproar over proposals by political parties that would require journalists to submi...

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 04.21.2015 | Media

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

Free Authoritative Journalism Must Be Upheld In Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Many journalists lost their lives as they pursued their noble profession that often placed them in harm's way every time their reporting caused some discomfort for a political or militant group.

Summons Of Japanese Media Fuels Complaints Over Press Freedom

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 06.17.2015 | Media

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's ruling party summoned executives from two leading television networks Friday, the latest in a series of actions that opponents ...

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...

Chomsky: 'I Don't Look at Twitter Because It Doesn't Tell Me Anything'

Seung-yoon Lee | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Seung-yoon Lee

"Right now, if I want to find out what's going on in Ukraine or Syria or Washington, I read the New York Times, other national newspapers, I look at the Associated Press wires, I read the British press, and so on. I use Google all the time, I'm happy it's there. But just as when I read the New York Times or the Washington Post, or the Wall Street Journal knowing that they have ways of selecting and shaping the material that reaches you, you have to compensate for it."

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...

Turkish Journalists May Face Jail Time For Featuring Charlie Hebdo Cover In Columns

AP | Posted 06.09.2015 | Media

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's Cumhuriyet newspaper says two of its journalists have been charged with "openly insulting the people's religious valu...

Turkey's New Online Public Sphere: Q & A with Bilge Yesil

Ege Ozyegin | Posted 06.06.2015 | College
Ege Ozyegin

Bilge Yesil, is one of those scholars working on Turkey's media system, which until recently has remain understudied. As an Associate Professor of Med...

Myanmar's 'Path to a Free Media' Is Full of Twists and Turns

The GroundTruth Project | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
The GroundTruth Project

Journalists and media executives from around the world assembled last week for an International Press Institute (IPI) conference headlined "On the Path to a Free Media." But protests by local journalists underscored that there are still some treacherous turns -- and a few dangerous potholes -- along Myanmar's long road toward establishing greater press freedom.

Crimea TV Station Critical Of Russia Goes Off Air

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 06.01.2015 | 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 05.27.2015 | 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...