Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Project Exile: Turkish journalist still fearful in Germany
By  • 27 January 2020
"I try to live isolated to protect myself." When she got her start in the news business in 2009, Turkish journalist Zübeyde Sari couldn't have imagined her chosen profession would cause her to have to…
Project Exile: Editor gets asylum in Germany after Erdogan cover
By  • 13 January 2020
"It is not a very comfortable and luxurious life in Germany, but it's better than prison." If there's one exiled journalist whose life encapsulates Turkey's purge of critical media, it might be Cevheri Guven. In…
Project Exile: Reporter escaped Russia after beating, burns
By  • 1 July 2019
"Please leave. They're going to kill you." Fatima Tlisova didn't make it easy for the Russian government to get rid of her.  As a reporter covering Russia's fight against Chechen separatists in what was known…
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…
Project Exile: Moroccan journalist flees after being stripped, jailed
By  • 25 June 2019
"The police broke down the door of my apartment and forced me to undress." When the security software on Moroccan journalist Hicham Mansouri's computer alerted him that there had been a number of attempts to…
Project Exile: Tajikistan harasses reporter into exile
By  • 20 June 2019
"I knew that they have just one goal: they want to see me out of journalism." The calls came to Tajik journalist Humayra Bakhtiyar at her sports club, at the shopping center and at home.…
Project Exile: Editor escaped Sri Lanka after husband's murder
By  • 5 June 2019
"You really feel like your country has betrayed you." Sonali Samarasinghe remembers the last words of her husband, Lasantha Wickrematunge, on the day in 2009 when he was killed: “Don’t worry, I got it under…
Project Exile: Turkish journalist lost home and family
By  • 3 June 2019
"One thing is broken: my heart." When Turkish journalist Arzu Yildiz reported a major scoop in 2014, she had little idea that the story might lead to the end of her journalism career, the loss…
Project Exile: Threatened in Mexico, Facing Deportation in U.S.
By  • 12 April 2019
Mexican soldiers sent a reporter a warning. Now the U.S. wants to send him back. On a sunny day in June 2008 in the small city of Ascensión in northern Mexico, journalist Emilio Gutiérrez got…
Project Exile: Vietnam journalist went to France after six years in prison
By  • 14 January 2019
"The problems started when I did not confess to any crimes and when I refused to wear the prison uniform" Dang Xuan Dieu has paid a heavy price for resisting the Vietnamese government.  A community…
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