Local news in global decline

All around the world, the local news organizations that report on municipal and regional governments are in decline.  In the first installment of a special series with the Index on Censorship magazine,...

The U.S. journalist anchoring China’s news

The success of CNN spawned many 24-hour news networks - many started by governments hoping to shape global public opinion to their advantage. That group includes China's state-owned English-language CGTN,...

“One-Child Nation” shows scars of Chinese policy

Having a child renewed filmmaker Nanfu Wang's interest in China's one-child policy. In effect from 1979 to 2016, the restrictions on family size halted China's explosive population growth but have left the...

Japan, South Korea face graying future

Japan and South Korea face stark demographic change. Longer life spans and low birth rates in both countries have led to rapidly aging populations. At 126 million, Japan's population is already declining and...

Payola and the press

It’s sometimes called “brown envelope” journalism. This is the practice of journalists taking money or gifts from companies, politicians, or even international charities to give them favorable...

Fixing Africa’s booming cities

Back in 1950, Kenya’s largest city Nairobi was a sleepy colonial town of about 100,000. But as tens of thousands of people from the country began to move to the city, the Kenyan capital surged. Today,...

China’s new Silk Road

Chinese workers have built bridges in Serbia, a huge railroad tunnel in Uzbekistan and a gas and oil pipeline across Myanmar. These are just a few of the dozens of massive foreign infrastructure projects China...

Cuba eyes information revolution

Cuba has long been one of the world’s least connected countries. Cubans weren’t allowed to buy personal computers until about a decade ago, and didn’t have access to the Internet until 2013. But...

Ending period poverty

At this year’s Academy Awards a film called “Period. End of Sentence” won the Oscar for best short documentary. The movie focused on the subject of menstruation taboos in India and the story of a group...