Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
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…
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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…
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Project Exile: Tajikistan harasses reporter into exile
By  • 20 June 2019
"I knew that they have just one goal: they want to see me out of journalism." The calls came to Tajik journalist Humayra Bakhtiyar at her sports club, at the shopping center and at home.…
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Project Exile: Editor escaped Sri Lanka after husband's murder
By  • 5 June 2019
"You really feel like your country has betrayed you." Sonali Samarasinghe remembers the last words of her husband, Lasantha Wickrematunge, on the day in 2009 when he was killed: “Don’t worry, I got it under…
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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…
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'Restaurant of Mistaken Orders' raises dementia awareness
By  • 24 May 2019
"Work is something that brings back confidence." Shiro Oguni had ordered a hamburger, but he wasn't all that surprised when his server brought him a plate of fried dumplings instead.  The Japanese television director was…
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Pay for play persists in music industry
By  • 9 May 2019
"Promoters are giving incentives to the person at the radio station to play an album." The problem of payola, the practice of bribing of paying someone to use their influence to promote a particular product…
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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…
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Turning ocean garbage into advocacy art
By , • 25 April 2019
"We're sort of aware of that we're in a building that's on fire." When she was eight, Pamela Longobardi nearly drowned in the Atlantic while bodysurfing in New Jersey. A riptide sucked her towards an…
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China pushes 'new Silk Road' to Latin America
By , • 19 April 2019
'China's very much in the region to stay' When Chinese President Xi Jinping unveiled what became known as the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013, the massive infrastructure project was quickly dubbed the "New Silk…
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