Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
West Africa Islamic schools test traditions and children's rights
By  • 15 November 2019
A reporter found the parents of child beggars didn't always want them "rescued" It's a common site in cities and towns across much of West Africa: groups of boys in ragged clothes carrying begging bowls in…
A glimpse of Western Sahara's forgotten refugees
By  • 10 October 2019
"There's a chance the Sahrawi people could start a new war." The frozen conflict in the disputed territory of Western Sahara rarely makes international headlines anymore. In part that's because the 16-year guerrilla war between…
Project Exile: Moroccan journalist flees after being stripped, jailed
By  • 25 June 2019
"The police broke down the door of my apartment and forced me to undress." When the security software on Moroccan journalist Hicham Mansouri's computer alerted him that there had been a number of attempts to…
Photographer highlights unseen side of Kenya slum
By , • 2 May 2019
“I was seeing more than just the images of poverty.” The Kenyan capital Nairobi has boomed in recent years as economic growth has generated high-rise office buildings and teeming traffic jams now dot what was…
Ghana journalist Anas speaks out after colleague's murder
By , • 12 March 2019
"We suspected that people would come and attack us." The West African nation of Ghana has a well-deserved reputation as a beacon of democracy and freedom of expression, and perhaps the best symbol of this…
In Tanzania, a broad assault on free expression
By  • 6 December 2018
"Freedom of expression is under pressure in almost every sector of society I can think of."  When two researchers from the Committee to Protect Journalists set out on a fact-finding mission to Tanzania last month,…
Central African journalist sees light for war-torn nation
By  • 13 September 2018
The data on the Central African Republic can be daunting. The country ranks dead last on the U.N.'s most recent Human Development Index, which assesses well-being by compiling data on health, income and education levels.…
Project Exile: White Zimbabwean journalist grapples with post-Mugabe era
By  • 23 May 2018
[caption id="attachment_9526" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Interviews with journalists forced from their home countries for doing their job.[/caption] "The question is now, under the change of government, would I be welcome? I'm still being outspoken about what…
Climate change, environment highlight photographer's work
By  • 16 May 2018
From the Arctic to the Amazon, Joanna Pinneo has made spotlighting climate change a specialty Twenty years ago this month, National Geographic's cover featured Joanna Pinneo's iconic photograph of a sleeping Tuareg mother and child…
Project Exile: Tortured in Cameroon, a struggle for U.K. asylum
By  • 22 January 2018
"The choice was this: reveal my sources and destroy my reputation or die protecting them.” This story has been updated with comments from Mathias Eric Owona Nguini, the son of Cameroon's former education minister. Charles…
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