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Press Freedom Worldwide Hits Dangerous Low

AP | By JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 04.29.2015 | 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 04.24.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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 04.18.2015 | 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 04.17.2015 | 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 04.17.2015 | 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 04.15.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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 04.10.2015 | 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 04.09.2015 | 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 04.06.2015 | 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 04.02.2015 | 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 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...

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...

Mexican Radio Station Says Re-Hiring Host Of Top-Rated News Program Unlikely

AP | Posted 03.18.2015 | Media

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican station executive says the host of the country's top-rated national news radio program probably won't be re-instated. ...

International Press Institute Calls On Myanmar To Investigate Police Attacks On Reporters

AP | Posted 03.17.2015 | Media

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar needs to investigate the arrests and alleged police beatings of journalists covering a demonstration against a new ed...

7iber's Virtual Ink Runs Again

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.06.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil (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.