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…
After ISIS, the Kurdish question
By  • 15 February 2018
The Kurds have played a key role in the Syrian war. With U.S. military aid, a Kurdish militia called the YPG has done a large share of the ground fighting that has led to the…
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…
Turkey charges three press freedom activists
By  • 27 June 2016
Two Turkish journalists and an academic are facing up to 14 years in a Turkish prison on charges of disseminating “terrorist propaganda” by guest-editing a pro-Kurdish newspaper. Arrested June 20 were Sebnem Korur Fincanci, president…
Iran releases Kurdish journalist jailed since 2013
By  • 15 December 2015
Iran has released an ethnic Kurdish journalist convicted two years ago on charges of collusion against the government and propaganda against the Islamic regime. Masoud Kordpour, a freelance journalist whose work had appeared on the…
Turkey votes amid violence, media crackdown
By  • 29 October 2015
Turkish voters will go to the polls Nov. 1 amid a spasm of political violence and renewed conflict with Kurdish guerrillas. The vote also comes just weeks after the most deadly terrorist attack in Turkish…
Opposition outlets shuttered in Iraqi Kurdistan
By  • 20 October 2015
Media outlets in cities across Iraqi Kurdistan have been raided in an effort to crack down on anti-government reporting amidst a political crisis in the region. Three of the offices of opposition channel KNN TV channel were raided…
Kurds in conflict
By  • 10 September 2015
With more than 30 million people spread across Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran, they are a minority everywhere they live. Now Kurdish groups are battling both the Islamic State  and forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad…
Turkey again detains Dutch journalist covering Kurds
By  • 8 September 2015
A Dutch freelance journalist known for covering Kurdish issues has been detained by Turkish for the second time in a year. Frederike Geerdink, a freelance journalist who runs the blog Kurdish Matters, tweeted Sept. 6…
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