Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Japan's #MeToo movement faces culture of silence
By  • 19 April 2018
The #MeToo movement has spread from the United States to other parts of the world as women have increasingly spoken out about sexual assault and sexual harassment. One country where it has struggled is Japan,…
'Red Sand' project spotlights trafficking
By  • 10 April 2018
"We can’t merely walk over the most marginalized people in our communities — those who fall through the metaphoric cracks." From forced marriage in Afghanistan to unpaid laborers in southeast Asia's fishing industry, the U.N.'s…
Photographer spotlights trauma of Philippines 'drug war'
By  • 6 April 2018
"The brutality of the drug war is beyond any human witnessing..." New York-based photographer Lawrence Sumulong has a strong connection to the Philippines. [caption id="attachment_9153" align="alignleft" width="183"] Lawrence Sumulong (courtesy)[/caption] The son of a Filipino…
Orphanage 'tourism' draws scrutiny
By  • 5 April 2018
To people in the U.S., an orphanage sounds like an outdated concept. Many of us only remember seeing them in movies like “Annie” Orphanages fell out of favor in the U.S. around World War II…
Death squads in the Philippines
By  • 15 March 2018
In recent days Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he would withdraw his country from the treaty governing the International Criminal Court. That move came just over a month after the ICC’s top prosecutor announced…
Egypt's staged election
By  • 8 March 2018
Egypt will hold a presidential election at the end of this month. But there’s little drama about who will actually win. President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, who led a 2013 coup against the country’s first democratically elected…
Brazil prison conditions fuel gang crisis
By  • 1 February 2018
Back in January 2017, Brazil experienced a wave of massive and grisly prison riots. More than 130 inmates were killed in a few weeks in fighting between rival gangs. Many of the of the dead…
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…
Project Exile: Tortured in Cameroon, a struggle for U.K. asylum
By  • 22 January 2018
"The choice was this: reveal my sources and destroy my reputation or die protecting them.” This story has been updated with comments from Mathias Eric Owona Nguini, the son of Cameroon's former education minister. Charles…
India's missing girls
By  • 18 January 2018
In the next decade, India may pass China to become the world’s most populous country. But there’s something odd about India’s population. The country has tens of millions fewer women and girls than you’d expect.…
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