Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Populist rise forces rights activist to change views
By  • 29 September 2018
"I began to worry that we are just preaching to ourselves."  For human rights advocates in Europe, there's been much to lament in the continent's handling of migrants. In Italy, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has…
Europe's border pushback
By  • 27 September 2018
Agreements with countries like Turkey, Sudan and Libya have helped the European Union dramatically cut the flow of migrants to the continent. But some of these partnerships have generated controversy amid concerns that the Libyan…
Poland gay rights group sees rising hate
By  • 24 September 2018
"It’s hard to work in an environment where you see the basis of democracy deteriorating." Earlier this year, gay rights activists unveiled a large holographic rainbow in a square in downtown Warsaw just before 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…
Press freedom in Macedonia and Mexico
By  • 19 July 2018
On this edition, part two of our look at press freedom and how journalists do their jobs in countries where just reporting the news can be a big challenge. For this, we'll talk to a…
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…
Europe confronts Russian hacking
By  • 2 November 2017
There has been broad fallout from Russian efforts to hack the 2016 U.S. election, including sanctions, worsening relations between the two countries and a continued cloud over Donald Trump's presidency. But in Europe such attacks are…
Europe's veil bans target Muslim women
By  • 28 September 2017
Since France banned women from wearing veils that covered the face in public in 2011, a growing number of European nations have passed similar restrictions. Belgium, Bulgaria and Austria have passed similar so-called "burqa bans,"…
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…
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