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Global Digital Media Factbook 2014-15 Helps Firms Strategize

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.28.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

How can media firms strategize, plan budgets, and decide where to allocate their resources effectively?

This Family Nightmare Is The Price Of Political Expression In China

ChinaFile | Zeng Jinyan | Posted 09.23.2014 | World

Activist Hu Jia’s Family Nightmare The essay that follows was written by Zeng Jinyan, whose husband, Hu Jia, has been prominently involved in...

The Power of Doing It: A Case for Living Out Our Dreams

Mario Tenaglia | Posted 10.26.2014 | Good News
Mario Tenaglia

One of the most interesting results I have found with living out and following my dream has been the quiet and peace and rest I've experienced inside myself upon returning. I am more quiet and calm and peaceful inside. My body is relaxed.

The United States Must Lead in Upholding Net Neutrality

Freedom House | Posted 10.15.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

While innovation has flourished under the free-market system, this does not mean that regulation and innovation are mutually exclusive.

The Value of Freedom

Yael Eckstein | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Yael Eckstein

The value of freedom cannot be overstated. It's the foundation that gives all of us who live in western democracies -- people of faith and no faith al...

'Manuscripts Don't Burn'

Amnesty International | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Amnesty International

By Steven W. Hawkins, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA and Gregory Nava, Writer-Director, Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts an...

Protests and Politics at the World Cup

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 08.31.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

While football players are throwing balls in the gates, holding million of peoples' breaths and flags in the air, protests against the World Cup in...

The House and Senate Battle over Egypt Aid

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

If Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is expecting the United States to deliver the $1.3 billion in annual military assistance without any delays or restrictions, he may be in for a "rude awakening," as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez said during a hearing on Egypt earlier this month.

There's Something Wrong in Ukraine: How Their Government Is Censoring the Voice of the People

Valerie Hsieh | Posted 08.26.2014 | Teen
Valerie Hsieh

Far more than being simply a source for news and current events, newspapers and other mass media outlets provide a voice for the people as well as a place where officials can be held accountable and questioned by any and all citizens.

Iran: Human Rights Caught Between Diplomatic Progress and Political Deadlock

Karim Lahidji | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Karim Lahidji

To praise Iran's president for his diplomatic successes means forgetting all too easily that the situation within the country has changed little, if at all, since his election.

On Trial: Judgement vs. Expression

Daniel Leighton | Posted 08.09.2014 | Arts
Daniel Leighton

I struggled to write this article. I was imagining people scouring the article for every little thing I did wrong. I was constantly questioning the worth and validity of what I had to say. I'm still doing it as I write this.

#FreeHappyIranians and Bassem Youssef's Forced Retirement: Turning Apathy into Activism for Freedom of Expression in the Muslim World

Atif Choudhury | Posted 08.06.2014 | World
Atif Choudhury

I completely respect anyone's right to object to the utility or even the permissibility of making such videos. Here's the thing: It's not the stance you take, but the way in which you articulate that stance which matters.

Arabic Online Media Ethics Guide Launched at Lebanon Forum

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.08.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

All too often journalists and content producers make assumptions that can land them in court, in jail, or worse, in their own countries or while on assignment elsewhere.

Verbal Safe Haven

Lianna Serko | Posted 06.18.2014 | College
Lianna Serko

I think it is human nature for people to be wary of the way others perceive and interpret their thoughts. And I think that this is the root of the trend to tend towards expressing our beliefs in terms of "feeling" rather than "thinking."

Protecting Scholars of Art From Persecution

Allan E. Goodman | Posted 06.03.2014 | Education
Allan E. Goodman

Rescuing scholars of art guarantees that their voices will be heard and their artistic contributions preserved-- to be shared with future generations.

Katy Perry's Blasphemous Act of Free Speech

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion
Irene Monroe

The ongoing debate between of what constitutes an artistic expression of free speech versus religious protection had recently been witnessed not in the public eye, but instead under the radar on social media. And the stirred-up controversy had been with none other than America's beloved pop music star Katy Perry.

Razan Zaitouneh: Kidnapped!

Elham Manea | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Elham Manea

The sectarian fighters on both sides do not want her Syria to prevail. Kidnapping her was meant to silence her voice. It is up to us to keep her voice alive in this mayhem. Do not give up on her Syria

Venezuelan Crisis: Resentment, Struggle and a Way Forward

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.29.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?

18 Powerful Images from Massive #SOSVenezuela Demonstration in Los Angeles, California

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Stephanie Rudat

Clad in vibrant colors of the Venezuelan flag, supporters of ongoing protests in Venezuela rallied peacefully in Los Angeles, California on Saturday in front of the Federal Building.

Internet Freedom Just for 4 Hours

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 04.20.2014 | World
Alparslan Akkuş

Ragged by already tight regulations on the Internet, Turkey seems to suffer more since the new legislation allows government officials to block sites they deem violate personal privacy within four hours, without obtaining a court order.

Saudi Arabia: Free Raif Badawi

Elham Manea | Posted 04.16.2014 | Media
Elham Manea

Raif Badawi is a Saudi intellectual and an editor of a liberal website. He faces the death penalty in his home country! His crime is "committing apostasy." Here is the catch. Badwai never renounced his religion, Islam.

Free Press Prerequisite for Success of Egyptian Revolution

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 04.07.2014 | Media
Daoud Kuttab

The success of the new Egypt is no doubt dependent on many political factors. However, no real democracy or legitimacy can be won if everyone is expected to support the rulers only. Dissent, pluralism and different points of view are essential to guarantee democratic rule.

Killing Them Softly

Kanan Dhru | Posted 04.05.2014 | World
Kanan Dhru

The pressures of modernity have resulted in many casualties. In this battle between the head and the heart, the language with international acceptability, the language of future and opportunities and the language required for basic survival in today's world is likely to win hands down.

Why Courtney Love's 'Twibel' Lawsuit Is Good for the Internet

Eugene K. Chow | Posted 04.01.2014 | Media
Eugene K. Chow

Fear not, "Twibel" lawsuits are not an infringement of free speech per se, but rather the transferal of standards from more traditional media to Twitter and Love's libel case is the natural next frontier in the ongoing battle over free speech.

The Academic Boycott of Israel: A Well-Intentioned Bad Idea

Howard Schweber | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
Howard Schweber

For the ASA to declare a kind of academic war on Israeli academics and universities is to attack the people who are fighting for freedom of expression on the front lines.