Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Turkey charges two journalists with spying
By  • 30 November 2015
Turkish authorities have arrested two journalists for an opposition newspaper and charged them with espionage and aiding a terrorist organization amid a continuing crackdown on government critics after the ruling AKP party won a majority…
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Project Exile: Escaping Syrian torture in France
By  • 23 November 2015
"If you have your camera hanging on your neck, or in your bag, it's like carrying a gun." When the Arab Spring erupted in Syria in July 2011, Syrians, like other people across the Middle…
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For Mideast Christians, a troubled outlook
By  • 19 November 2015
Christianity might have gotten its start in the Middle East, but the region’s Christian minority is finding the area more and more dangerous when it comes to practicing their beliefs. The rise of the Islamic…
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Spanish filmmaker documents abuse of Iraqi Christians
By  • 19 November 2015
A new documentary gives voice to those persecuted by the Islamic State If Aida had known the severity of the storm that was about to come down on Qaraqosh, she would have fled her home…
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Two Syrian journalists found beheaded in Turkey
By  • 2 November 2015
Two Syrian journalists and activists have been found beheaded in an apartment in the city of Sanliurfa in southeastern Turkey. No one has claimed responsibility. The collective Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) tweeted one of their members was "slaughtered"…
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Turkey's tense poll
By  • 29 October 2015
Fighting with the Kurds and ISIS terror are just the beginning of Turkey's problems Whatever government is formed after Turkey’s Nov. 1 parliamentary election, it will confront a country in the midst of a political,…
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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…
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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…
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Migrant tide tests Hungary's hospitality, politics
By  • 23 September 2015
As Orban speaks of an "attack" on Christianity; other Hungarians are more welcoming Szeged, Hungary -- Hungary’s international reputation is again taking a bruising, as images of Hungarian police shooting water cannons and tear-gassing migrants…
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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…
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