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Leaked Interior Ministry Memos Highlight Differences Within Egypt's Regime

James Dorsey | Posted 05.05.2016 | World
James Dorsey

This latest leak, contrary to past leaks, many of which were from within the military rather than the interior ministry and appeared designed to portray Mr. Al Sisi in a negative light and undermine his credibility, seems inadvertent.

U.S. Government International Media Agency Calls for the Release of Imprisoned Journalists on World Press Freedom Day

John F. Lansing | Posted 05.03.2016 | World
John F. Lansing

Freedom of the press is a basic tenet of our democracy and a staple of a free and open society. Upholding press freedom is the top priority of the BBG in its efforts to support accurate, objective journalism around the world.

These Spanish Cartoons Capture The Dire State Of Press Freedom Worldwide

HuffPost Spain | Sara Elkamel | Posted 05.03.2016 | World

In Turkey, there has been a crackdown on press freedom that its journalists are describing as a "witch-hunt," the Guardian reported just a day before ...

Press freedom violations undermine African Union's vision of transparency

The Conversation Africa | Posted 05.03.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Glenda Daniels, University of the Witwatersrand One key measure of a country's levels of freedom and democracy is how the government treats journalis...

Why We Need to Stand United Against Governments Cracking Down on Dissent

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 04.27.2016 | World
Danny Sriskandarajah

Across the world, civic activists are being detained, tortured and killed. The space for citizens to organise and mobilise is being shut down; dissenting voices are being shut up. In 2015, at least 156 human rights activists were murdered -- 156 that we know of.

State Department Report Slams Turkey on Human Rights and Press Freedom

Aydoğan Vatandaş | Posted 04.15.2016 | World
Aydoğan Vatandaş

The United States accused Turkey of restricting civil rights and violating basic human rights in a long annual human rights report released on Wednesday.

Journalists Cry Foul Over Arizona State House’s New Limits On Access

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics

Journalists who cover Arizona’s legislature took a stand Thursday against a new rule limiting their access to the floor of the state House of Repres...

Free Speech Can Be Offensive. Lebanon Should Get Over It.

Halim Shebaya | Posted 04.05.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

A recent cartoon in a Saudi Arabian newspaper suggested that the Lebanese state is a joke. The cartoon showed a picture of the Lebanese flag captioned by the words "April Fool's."

Donald Trump Does Not Deserve Press Neutrality

Clementine Amidon | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
Clementine Amidon

In the United States, there is a high premium on press neutrality. We hold journalism to a gilded Platonic ideal: reporters are expected to present the news in a vacuum devoid of commentary or bias. It's time for the press to act like the Fourth Estate -- to warn and protect its public.

Turkey: An Uncertain Ally

David L. Phillips | Posted 03.30.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

NATO is more than a security alliance. It is a coalition of countries with shared values. If Turkey stays on its authoritarian course, the Obama administration should rethink the scope of US-Turkey relations.

Jason Rezaian Welcomed at the National Press Club

Connie Lawn | Posted 03.15.2016 | DC
Connie Lawn

I have never been so proud of my journalism profession in my life! Several hundred reporters, diplomats, and politicians celebrated the release and re...

Why Erdogan Wants To Take Over The Entire Turkish Media

Aydoğan Vatandaş | Posted 03.10.2016 | World
Aydoğan Vatandaş

No matter what Erdogan's real motivation is for the unlawful order to takeover Zaman media, it is obvious that Erdogan wants to silence all critical voices. For many, it was one of the darkest days of Turkish history -- and it seems that it will not be the last one.

Trump-Friendly Breitbart News Rolls Over After Reporter ‘Grabbed’ By Trump Aide

The Daily Beast | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.10.2016 | Media

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump and his outsider juggernaut seem to be doing much more than reinventing the rules of politics and ter...

The Unraveling of Turkey's Democracy

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.09.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Only a few months after Turkey's President Erdogan raided the offices of the Koza Ipek Media Group, the Turkish police assaulted early this month the offices of Feza Publications, which owns two newspapers and two TV stations, without any warning.

Why Is Pakistan Listing Some Journalists as "Terrorists"?

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 03.09.2016 | Media
Malik Siraj Akbar

The Pakistani government is intimidating some journalists and drastically curtailing their mobility under a repressive law known as the Fourth Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Turkish Journalists Slam EU For 'Turning A Blind Eye' To Crackdown On Free Press

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 01.03.2017 | World

ISTANBUL -- As world leaders convened in Brussels on Monday for a landmark European Union-Turkey summit focused on the migrant crisis, journalists in ...

Turkish Police Fire Tear Gas At Newspaper As EU Officials Lament Press Record

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.10.2017 | World

ISTANBUL, March 5 (Reuters) - Turkish police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on Saturday to disperse protesters outside the country’s biggest news...

Turkey Seizes Control Of Major Newspaper

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 01.02.2017 | World

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

Journalists in India Threatened and Attacked

Committee to Protect Journalists | Posted 03.03.2016 | Media
Committee to Protect Journalists

Journalists across India are facing death threats, beatings, and jail sentences, and one has been shot dead in recent months, according to CPJ research on the world's largest democracy.

Watch These Fearless Journalists Broadcast Their Own Arrests

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 03.02.2016 | World

When several of her fellow journalists were beaten and arrested on Monday, TV reporter Bahati Remmy had an uncompromising message for the Ugandan poli...

Syrian Journalist Rami Jarrah Freed After Detention Without Charge In Turkey

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 02.20.2016 | World

UPDATE (Feb. 20): Turkish authorities released Syrian journalist Rami Jarrah after several days in detention, he confirmed in a Facebook post Saturday...

Ferguson Moves On, But Reporters Arrested There Still Being Prosecuted

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.30.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014, the city of Ferguson, Missouri, has tried to take steps toward reforming ab...

Mizzou Professor Charged With Assault

The Huffington Post | Gabriel Arana | Posted 01.25.2016 | Media

University of Missouri communications professor Melissa Click has been charged with third-degree assault -- a misdemeanor -- over an altercation with ...

Judge Throws Out Order Requiring Sources To Reveal Bloomberg Contacts

The Huffington Post | Gabriel Arana | Posted 01.22.2016 | Media

A judge in Delaware bankruptcy court has thrown out an order requiring more than 120 people to reveal any contact they had with Bloomberg reporters in...

GOP Rep. Wants Government To Register Journalists

The Huffington Post | Michael Calderone | Posted 01.19.2016 | Media

A South Carolina state representative who once introduced legislation to replace federal paper currency with gold and silver coins wants the governmen...