Global View

The UN Palais des Nations in Geneva. Photo courtesy of the United Nations and used here under Creative Commons license.
Iran
Culture
by Faraz Sanei

On July 31, a prominent Iranian journalist tweeted, “Saba’s mother has now joined Twitter.” Saba’s mother Akram Mohammadi, had just given an interview about her daughter Saba’s agonizing 65 days of pretrial detention at an unknown location. Unidentified security officials had arrested Saba Azarpaik, a Tehran-based journalist, on May 28. A few hours later, the Twitter account linked [...] more »

Global View
by Angela Washeck

Veteran journalist Andy Carvin gained fame by using Twitter for blanket real-time coverage of the Arab Spring revolutions. Based in NPR’s newsroom at the time, Carvin led one of the most memorable examples of crowdsourced reporting efforts ever seen in the industry, collaborating with sources knowledgeable about the Middle East conflict and Arabic dialects, while [...] more »

Free Speech
by Geoffrey King

In less than a week, Turkish voters will cast their ballots in local elections widely seen as a test of support for embattled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has faced growing questions about official corruption since a high-level probe first became public in December. Although many observers believe Erdoğan will survive the current political crisis, the prime [...] more »

Free Speech
by Jillian C. York

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released its annual “Enemies of the Internet” index last week — a ranking first launched in 2006 intended to track countries that repress online speech, intimidate and arrest bloggers and conduct surveillance of their citizens. Some countries have been mainstays on the annual index, while others have been able to work their way off the list. Two [...] more »

Free Speech
by Angela Washeck

Amid the frenzy of SXSW Interactive were a few fundamental themes: 1) mobile is here to stay; 2) social media is the lifeblood of anyone with content to share and 3) data privacy will become a commodity given today’s surveillance state. “South By” was crawling with opportunities for journalists and publishers to learn about upcoming [...] more »

Free Speech
by Hiba Zayadin

Car bombs. Suicide attacks. Assassinations. These words are too often attached to any mention of Iraq these days. The reported death toll in this war-torn country reached over 1,000 in January 2014 alone. Journalists have been, and continue to be, among the casualties. In the first of 2014, Firas Mohammed Attiyah, a 28-year-old freelance reporter [...] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Josh Stearns

This month the Committee to Protect Journalists released its annual analysis of Attacks on the Press, including a “Risk List” of the places where press freedom suffered most in 2013. As you might expect, conflict areas filled much of the list — Syria, Egypt, Turkey — but the place on the top of the list [...] more »

Global View
by Carlos Cabrera

In light of the recent protests in Thailand, Ukraine and Venezuela, it’s more important than ever to revisit how freelance journalists can protect themselves. When all is calm, a freelance journalist’s mind is constantly thinking of story ideas. Evergreen features, investigations and life-long obsessions churn in your brain. You’re pitching and waiting. Waiting and then [...] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Madeleine Bair

Four years ago, a police killing in rural Buckfield, Jamaica was caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube. The fatal shooting of a man who was laying on the ground, surrounded by a crowd, with no visible weapons but the rocks at his side, made headlines in Jamaica and unmasked the lies in the police department’s [...] more »


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