Tag: press freedom

by Jose Gonzalez

The death of Canadian freelance photographer Ali Mustafa while documenting the Syrian civil war illustrates the persistent problem of the safety of journalists in the country and, increasingly, the particular threats faced by freelance journalists reporting in one of the most dangerous locations on the planet. Much of the reporting that has come out of Syria in recent months […] more »

by Marianna Tzabiras

Will Burma’s reforms lead to substantial change? That question has been repeatedly asked since the political initiatives taken in 2011 were seen as steering the country towards democracy and away from its history of military rule. Three years later, assessments of Burma’s progress vary, especially around media freedom and free expression. On a recent visit […] more »

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 »

by Julie Keck

1. Apple in talks with Comcast about streaming-TV service (Shalini Ramachandran, Daisuke Wakabayashi & Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal) 2. Slate to introduce a variation on the pay wall (Leslie Kaufman / New York Times) 3. Nilay Patel, no longer managing editor of The Verge, moves to Vox.com (Kara Swisher / Re/code) 4. Chuck […] more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

by Julie Keck

1. The Facebook effect on the news (Derek Thompson / The Atlantic) 2. U.S. plummets in global press freedom rankings (Josh Stearns / Free Press) 3. BuzzFeed’s native advertising: Ads you want to share? (Henry Taylor / The Media Briefing) 4. MacNeil/Lehrer Productions teams up with Al-Monitor for web specials (Nick Vivarelli / Variety) 5. […] more »

by Mong Palatino

Popular Indonesian Twitter user Benny Handoko, @benhan on Twitter, was sentenced to one year of probation late last month, after being found guilty of defaming a former politician. Handoko tweeted on Dec. 7, 2012 about former Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) member Mukhamad Misbakhun (@misbakhun), calling him a crook who had stolen from Century Bank, the embattled financial institution at the […] more »

by Josh Stearns

The following is an opinion piece from correspondent Josh Stearns. A version of this post also appeared on FreePress.net. Tuesday’s court decision, which struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order and threatened the future of Net Neutrality, has huge implications for the future of journalism and press freedom. According to the Pew Research […] more »