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U.S. Plummets in Global Press Freedom Rankings

Josh Stearns | Posted 04.13.2014 | Media
Josh Stearns

After a year of attacks on whistleblowers and digital journalists and revelations about mass surveillance, the United States plunged 13 spots in the group's global press freedom rankings to number 46.

The Next Threat To Press Freedom

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 02.06.2014 | Media

The Committee to Protect Journalists has added "cyberspace" to its "Risk List," placing it beside Egypt and Syria in terms of places where press free...

Jailed For Asking Who, What, Where and Why

Eric Matthies | Posted 04.04.2014 | Media
Eric Matthies

Forty in Turkey. Thirty five in Iran. Thirty two in China. Two in Russia. One in the United States. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), those numbers represent only some of the imprisoned journalists in 2013.

Cambodian Police Crack Down On Rally For Independent TV Station

Reuters | Posted 03.29.2014 | Media

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Cambodian military police used smoke grenades and batons on Monday to quell a protest...

Hong Kong's Free Press In Danger As China Tightens Grip On Media

Yuen Chan | Posted 03.24.2014 | World
Yuen Chan

For many Hong Kong journalists and media observers, the reshuffling at Ming Pao is more than just a personnel issue: They see it as the latest test of Hong Kong's press freedom in the face of continued challenges and pressure from the government.

The Media and the Taliban

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 03.21.2014 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

What appears to be a wave of violence against journalists in Karachi is actually a battle between the M.Q.M. and the Taliban for their survival. It is appalling that journalists are becoming the victims of this nasty battle.

Why Barrett Brown's Trial Matters

Kevin M. Gallagher | Posted 02.16.2014 | Crime
Kevin M. Gallagher

Barrett Brown is being "punished for the crime of taking citizenship seriously." This is clear: he stands for values of liberty, transparency and privacy; though soon prosecutors in Dallas will try to persuade a jury otherwise. Increasingly, conscious citizens know the true score.

Journalists View Human Rights Through a Prism of Impunity

Tricia Todd | Posted 02.08.2014 | Media
Tricia Todd

As we reflect upon the meaning of a day to respect Human Rights, we must insist on justice for all of those who have been killed, for those who are still held captive and for those under threat, merely for their efforts to stand up for basic rights.

Blow to Press Freedom in Turkey

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 02.06.2014 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

"A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad." -Albert Camus The pr...

DCMF's Future Questioned After Head Toppled

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.07.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The first blow came with news Jan Keulen, director of the Doha Center for Media Freedom (DCMF), was told he was canned, with no reason given for his d...

Meet Anne Royall: The Muckraker Who Made Washington Bow Down in Fear

Jeff Biggers | Posted 02.03.2014 | Media
Jeff Biggers

On December 3rd in 1831, freewheeling author Anne Royall launched the nation's first muckraking newspaper in Washington, D.C., forever changing the state of journalism. We need Anne Royall's journalistic chutzpah today, more than ever.

Outrage Simmers Over Guardian Editor's Questioning On Snowden Leaks

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 02.02.2014 | Media

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger's upcoming appearance at a parliamentary terrorism hearing has prompted concern from news outlets and journalists in A...

Photojournalists Under Fire Around The World

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 02.01.2014 | Media

Photojournalists found themselves under fire in conflict zones across the world over the weekend. In the Ukraine, where protesters are clashing wit...

Top Editor Attacks Obama Over Press Freedom

ProPublica | Paul Steiger | Posted 01.27.2014 | Media

Last night, ProPublica founder and executive chairman Paul Steiger received the Burton Benjamin Memorial award from the Committee to Protect Journalis...

#FreeCarlosMiller: Boston Police Criminalizes Contacting Its Media Relations Office

Grant Stern | Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami
Grant Stern

I think its time to start a #FreeCarlosMiller hashtag. For those of you who don't know Carlos, he's a journalist-turned-blogger who is constantly wo...

The Faces of Social Media Censorship

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Online news organization ProPublica on Friday launched a special feature documenting censorship on social media in China.

NY Times: 'British Press Freedom Under Threat'

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media

The New York Times editorial board stuck up for its colleagues across the pond on Friday, in an editorial titled "British Press Freedom Under Threat."...

Time for Action

Christophe Deloire | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Christophe Deloire

How can you combat atrocities against civilians or the tragedy of child soldiers, or defend women's rights, if journalists are not free to report the facts, to draw attention to abuses and appeal to the public's conscience?

UK Prime Minister Hints He Will 'Act' To Prevent Snowden Stories

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 12.28.2013 | Media

British prime minister David Cameron said on Monday that his government may "act" to stop newspapers from publishing national security information bas...

Journalism Group Condemns Press Freedom Violations In US

AP | Posted 12.22.2013 | Media

DENVER — DENVER (AP) — A group representing journalists from across the Americas is condemning violations of press freedoms in both Latin Amer...

SecureDrop: A New Infrastructure for Strong, Secure Investigative Journalism

Josh Stearns | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Josh Stearns

Today, the Freedom of the Press Foundation is launching a major new initiative to ensure that any newsroom can create a simple and secure way for whistleblowers and sources to anonymously contact journalists.

Fear and Loathing in Morocco

Avi Spiegel | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Avi Spiegel

Since the charges against him are wholly baseless, what then could possibly explain them? An esteemed journalist now sits in a Moroccan jail not because he did anything wrong, but because the Moroccan regime is bent on re-asserting its own authority, clamping down on any signs of protest.

Cybersurveillance: We Put the Law on Our Side, Part 2

Alexander Wooley | Posted 11.19.2013 | Books
Alexander Wooley

Black code: Inside the Battle for Cyberspace, by Ronald J. Deibert; 2013, McClelland & Stewart. In 2004, 18 months after the invasion of Iraq, I was ...

Press Freedom Under Attack

Reuters | Posted 11.19.2013 | Media

SANAA, Sept 19 (Reuters) - A spate of attacks on journalists in Yemen, including an unsolved murder, threaten to undermine the growth of media freed...

Controlling the Flow: Thoughts on the Free Flow of Information Act

Tricia Todd | Posted 11.14.2013 | Media
Tricia Todd

Selectively protecting some journalists, and not journalism as a whole, is detrimental to democracy and civil society. Why then do the majority of American mainstream media resources support this Act?