Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Soviet nuclear sites leave grim legacy
By  • 11 July 2019
The Soviet Union's nuclear program was once one of the largest in the world. But from Chernobyl to the empire's former nuclear test site in Kazakhstan, the legacy of that program still affects tens of…
Estonia a test case for Russian hacking threat
By  • 2 November 2017
Estonia e-voting grows despite tampering concerns Tiny Estonia might seem an unlikely place to see the future of technology.  [caption id="attachment_8701" align="alignright" width="315"] (Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Norman Einstein)[/caption] With just 1.3 million people, the country has fewer…
Project Exile: Tajik journalist moves to Poland after threats
By  • 15 May 2017
"People from the government burst into my father-in-law's house and told him that I was leading an illegal channel." Distributing independent news in the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan is no easy task. But in…
Uzbekistan after Karimov
By  • 22 October 2016
Repression is legacy of 25-year rule In a country with no independent media, the airwaves are dominated by upbeat government propaganda. So when Uzbekistan's state media announced the former Soviet republic's first and only president…
Fall of Lenin statue highlights Ukraine tensions
By  • 20 May 2016
Soviet symbols still elicit division in Ukraine Upon arrival in the gray, industrial city of Zaporizhia in March, rumors were swirling: Ukraine’s largest remaining statue of Vladimir Lenin was slated to fall. At the time, the…
Project Exile: Cuba exiles writer for penning uncomfortable truths
By  • 1 February 2016
The minister "decided I was a rotten apple and rotten apples have to be set apart before they contaminate the rest." Amir Valle was once a loyal son of the Cuban Revolution. The Cuban novelist,…
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…
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