Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Not the post-COVID travel surge that Eastern Europe was expecting
By  • 16 May 2022
After two years of COVID-19 lockdowns, Poland was looking forward to getting its tourism economy started again. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine changed that.  The MV World Odyssey cruise ship is just one data point in…
The new art censorship
By  • 22 November 2019
From the love poems of Ovid to Michelangelo’s painted nudes in the Sistine Chapel, art censorship has a long history. Yet today’s censorship is taking some new forms. As Instagram has become one of the…
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 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…
Hungarian journalists build new site after controversy
By  • 11 May 2016
Mass resignations from one of Hungary's top news sites led to the creation of a new investigative outlet In 2014, Hungarian investigative journalist András Pethő wrote an exposé about a series of expensive overseas business trips…
Poland expels Russian journalist for 'security' threat
By  • 15 December 2015
A Russian journalist has been forced to leave Poland after Polish authorities accused him of posing an unspecified threat to national security. Leonid Sviridov has worked as a journalist in Poland for more than 15 years…
Poland, Belarus a study in contrasting media
By  • 16 February 2015
As Polish media moves from strength to strength, Belarus remains a 'terrifying' place for journalists. These are gloomy times in much of Europe. Across the continent governments are wrangling with stagnant economies, the threat of…
New EU leader faces tests on Russia, Ukraine
By  • 29 December 2014
Former Polish leader known for tough stance on Russian threats A bit of a fresh air could be felt in Brussels one recent work day when the most important man in the European Union was…
Polish police arrest journalists covering election dispute
By  • 24 November 2014
Police in Poland have released two journalists detained while covering a demonstration at the headquarters of the State Election Commission in Warsaw. Jan Pawlicki of TV Republika and photojournalist Tomasz Gzell of the Polish Press…
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