Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Dutch journalist expelled from Turkey seeks justice
By , • 15 February 2018
"They robbed me of my life, my job, so they're going to have to pay for it." Fréderike Geerdink had made a home for herself in Turkey. The Dutch journalist moved to Istanbul in 2006 to become a foreign…
Project Exile: Turkey reporter stayed one step ahead of crackdown
By  • 30 January 2018
"It was part of the intimidation campaign to go after family members, including my mother." In hindsight, there were many clues that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government was making preparations to eliminate Turkey’s independent media…
In looted artifacts, archaeologist sees destruction of past
By , • 14 December 2017
"We’re self-destroying our heritage." Amid reports that the Islamic State was generating millions of dollars by looting and selling antiquities from Syria and Iraq in 2015, archaeologist Mark Altaweel decided to conduct an experiment.  Altaweel,…
Syrian survivor aids case against Assad
By  • 9 November 2017
Assad's government seeks to 'wipe memories' of those who survive Syria's secret prisons Since the start of protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during the 2011 Arab Spring, Assad's regime has detained thousands of protesters, opposition…
Yemen activist Thabet haunted by war's victims
By  • 29 September 2017
"I made a promise to a child that I would save him and I couldn't." The war in Yemen that Fadia Thabet left behind isn't getting better. Civilians, including children, are still routinely killed or…
Islamic dress debate provides fodder for artists
By  • 28 September 2017
In 2011, France became the first European Union country to ban women in public from wearing veils that cover their faces. But the debate over Islamic dress in Europe didn't stop there. Since then a…
Rescue workers ready for next migrant tide in the Aegean
By  • 14 September 2017
"It’s these moments that remind us that every life counts." In 2015, more than a million migrants from countries like Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea tried to cross the Mediterranean to reach safety and a better…
Project Exile: Bahrain journalist escaped Arab Spring crackdown
By  • 18 January 2017
"I was in hiding in Bahrain for two years, in a small room inside a house" Few escapes are as dramatic as Ali Abdulemam’s. The celebrated liberal Bahraini blogger and newspaper columnist disappeared from public…
Photo essay: Hidden war in Yemen
By  • 10 November 2016
While Syria garners international headlines as refugees stream into Europe, Yemen’s plight has gone largely unnoticed. The poorest country in the Middle East, Yemen has been mired in civil war since late 2014 and the…
Editor pioneers gay media in Arab world
By  • 7 November 2016
“It seems every year we get ourselves into some kind of trouble.” The Arab world is one of the most difficult regions to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. In many countries, same-sex relations are…
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