Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Covering Hong Kong's unrest [program]
By  • 12 December 2019
Hong Kong’s six-month old protest movement has been one of the biggest international stories of 2019. What began in June as a protest against a bill that would allow for the extradition of criminal suspects…
Local news in global decline - Part 2
By  • 13 June 2019
Local and regional newspapers have dwindled all across the U.S. as print advertising revenues have shrunk. But the U.S. isn't alone - there is a local news crisis happening all around the world. In the…
Poland's declining democracy
By  • 20 September 2018
Poland was once a model democracy in eastern Europe. Yet since 2015 when the populist Law and Justice party (PiS) won both the presidency and lower house of parliament, there have been big changes. Law…
Nicaragua's standoff
By  • 3 August 2018
The situation in Nicaragua has taken a dark turn in recent months. President Daniel Ortega's growing authoritarian streak has led to months of protests against his rule - and a violent response from pro-government militias.…
Turkey's dying democracy
By  • 9 June 2017
Fifteen years ago, Turkey was the great democratic beacon of the Islamic world. Back then Turkey’s current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was viewed as a moderate Islamist and modernizer. How times have changed. In recent…
Ethiopia's state of emergency
By  • 3 November 2016
Until recently, Ethiopia has been hailed as an African success story. After a decade of strong economic growth, the country has begun to shed its image as a famine-struck wasteland. But repression by Ethiopia’s authoritarian…
Obama's embrace of Asian autocrats draws criticism
By  • 7 October 2016
"Officials are always going to be worried that if they push countries away [they] will turn closer to China." As President Barack Obama tried to pivot U.S. foreign policy from the Middle East to Asia…
Tunisia: the Arab Spring's last light
By  • 31 March 2016
The Arab Spring toppled long-ruling autocrats across the Arab world. But with Libya in chaos, Egypt back under military rule and Syria and Yemen engulfed in war, only Tunisia has fulfilled the promise of its…
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