Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Project Exile: Editor gets asylum in Germany after Erdogan cover
By  • 13 January 2020
"It is not a very comfortable and luxurious life in Germany, but it's better than prison." If there's one exiled journalist whose life encapsulates Turkey's purge of critical media, it might be Cevheri Guven. In…
Project Exile: Criticizing Kurdish referendum leads to exile
By  • 28 June 2019
"He told me to either leave or they would beat me very terribly."  Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region has long had a reputation in the West as a bastion of stability in a chaotic region plagued…
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…
Project Exile: Turkish journalist lost home and family
By  • 3 June 2019
"One thing is broken: my heart." When Turkish journalist Arzu Yildiz reported a major scoop in 2014, she had little idea that the story might lead to the end of her journalism career, the loss…
Project Exile: Turkey's Dündar free in exile, still threatened
By  • 10 January 2019
"For the Turkish government I am a terrorist. Everybody challenging the government is a terrorist." Can Dündar isn't easily silenced. The outspoken Turkish columnist and editor has been fired, jailed and even shot at by…
A photojournalist returns to Yemen's crisis
By  • 15 November 2018
In 2012, a Minnesota-native fresh out of nursing school named Alex Kay Potter was traveling in Jordan just as the Arab Spring swept through the region. On an impulse, Potter decided to buy a ticket…
Project Exile: Iranian student journalist fled after detention
By  • 6 August 2018
Omid Rezaee’s work on a university magazine led to his arrest In 2009, incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won Iran’s disputed election against Mir-Hossein Mousavi, The results led to public outrage and the formation of the…
Project Exile: 'Caged' Egyptian journalist fled before sentencing
By  • 3 July 2018
"We have to stand up for each other, otherwise the whole profession is in jeopardy.” Yehia Ghanem had been near the pinnacle of Egyptian journalism. As a former foreign correspondent and senior editor at Al-Ahram…
Project Exile: Turkish editor departs after police raid
By  • 20 June 2018
"I realize it was the best decision of my life because I would be imprisoned right now, like my colleagues." Shortly after Turkish police in riot gear raided the headquarters of Zaman Media Group on…
Project Exile: After hunger strike, Egyptian journalist in Qatar fears return
By  • 21 May 2018
"I face probably a life sentence or maybe even worse. The idea of not being able to go back to your own just heartbreaking."  [caption id="attachment_9348" align="alignleft" width="240"] Abdullah Elshamy[/caption] For a time, journalist Abdullah…
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