Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Editor pioneers gay media in Arab world
By  • 7 November 2016
“It seems every year we get ourselves into some kind of trouble.” The Arab world is one of the most difficult regions to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. In many countries, same-sex relations are…
Gay rights in the Arab world
By  • 22 September 2016
One of the hardest regions of the globe to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is the Arab world. In Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the punishment for the crime of sodomy is death by stoning,…
Egypt gay rights activist optimistic despite challenges
By , • 22 September 2016
There is no one in Egypt that you would recognize and say, 'He is the face of the LGBT movement.' The life of a gay man in Egypt isn't easy. Though same-sex intercourse isn't technically…
The life and death of James Foley
By  • 21 July 2016
For many Americans, the Islamic State was first burned in our minds as a threat back in August 2014. That’s when the terror group released chilling video of American journalist James Foley being beheaded by…
Family of slain reporter sues Syria government in U.S.
By  • 11 July 2016
Family members of Marie Colvin, an American war reporter who was killed in Syria six years ago, have filed a wrongful death suit against President Bashar al-Assad's government in federal court in Washington, D.C. In…
Project Exile: Iraqi BBC cameraman struggles in U.K.
By  • 24 May 2016
"They consider us traitors, spies. I was worried about my children." Qais Najim spent more than a decade as a cameraman and editor for the BBC in his native Iraq, where he covered the U.S.-British…
Turkish journalist on trial escapes shooting
By  • 11 May 2016
A prominent Turkish journalist on trial for disclosing state secrets escaped injury after an assailant shot at him twice outside a court in Istanbul. Can Dündar, editor-in-chief of the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, was outside the…
Inside the Islamic State's favorite app
By  • 6 May 2016
"They just want to feel relatively secure right now, or for the lifetime of whatever operation they're plotting." The messaging app Telegram has gained notoriety recently for its use by the Islamic State, or ISIL,…
The cyberwar on the Islamic State
By  • 5 May 2016
The fight against the Islamic State isn’t just taking place on the ground or in the skies of Iraq or Libya. It’s also on the Internet. Indeed the Islamic State has used apps like Twitter,…
Project Exile: Photographer smuggled out of Syria
By  • 2 May 2016
"When you are doing anything against the regime, you will be wanted and arrested." Bassel Tawil was once a network engineer with an internet company in the Syrian city of Homs. That changed in 2009…
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