Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Fall of Lenin statue highlights Ukraine tensions
By  • 20 May 2016
Soviet symbols still elicit division in Ukraine Upon arrival in the gray, industrial city of Zaporizhia in March, rumors were swirling: Ukraine’s largest remaining statue of Vladimir Lenin was slated to fall. At the time, the…
Amid conflict, South Sudan renews press offensive
By  • 13 July 2015
New nation's "minister of confrontation" seeks to silence alternative views Juba, South Sudan – When the invitation came to speak at a 2015 World Press Freedom Day conference in this war-ravaged nation, I didn’t hesitate.…
President Xi's Great Firewall grows
By  • 10 February 2015
By blocking VPNs, Beijing has made evading censors harder Guilin, China -- During a recent visit to this tourist haven on the Li River, we ran head on into the Internet clampdown that has been…
Syria's 'Twitter jihad'
By  • 28 July 2014
Social media is hardly immune from the fog of war. For the first time in history, a full-blown conflict is playing out on social media. Citizens on the scene and combatants themselves are the driving…
Syria spillover endangers journalists
By  • 14 May 2014
Kidnapping highlights risks to reporting on conflict in troubled Lebanese city By Margaux Bergey Journalists Jeppe Nybroe and Rami Aysha wanted to shoot a video story about Syrian armed groups kidnapping people for ransom. On…
Slovenian reporter fights "state secrets" charge
By  • 8 May 2014
Story on government links to neo-Nazis leads to secret indictment By Valerie Hopkins Shortly after Norwegian ultra-nationalist Anders Breivik killed 77 people in a gun attack at a youth summer camp and a bombing in…
In Lebanon, 52-year-old libel law used to pursue reporters
By  • 6 May 2014
By Emmanuel Haddad In May of 2013, Lebanese journalist Mohammed Nazzal published an investigative report detailing how two of the country’s judges had released two suspected drug dealers, both American citizens, after an intervention by…
Journalists in troubled Pakistan province face disappearance, torture
By  • 17 April 2014
The tall, lanky reporter brushed away tears as he described the mangled bodies and anguished cries for help.  Shell-shocked survivors wandered aimlessly in the rubble left in the wake of a suicide bombing. Minutes after…
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