Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
'Combat Obscura' gives unfiltered view of Afghan war
By  • 24 May 2018
The war in Afghanistan is America's longest-running conflict in its history. This October will mark 17 years of U.S. combat troops in the country, with seemingly no end in sight. There have been countless images and…
To compete, Pakistani squash pro disguised herself as a boy
By  • 8 February 2018
"You don’t see girls playing sports. I was the only one amongst 300 to 400 boys." When Maria Toorpakai began her athletics career, she used not only a different name – but a different gender. …
Cuba, Pakistan among world's toughest media environments
By  • 2 June 2017
On this week's program, a look at two of the most difficult places for independent journalism: Cuba and Pakistan. In Pakistan, journalists routinely face threats not only from the Taliban and other extremist groups but…
Government reporter killed in eastern Afghan province
By  • 2 February 2016
An Afghan state radio journalist has been killed by armed men on Jan. 29 in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar. Mohammad Zubair Khaksar, a reporter for the local branch of the government-run network Radio Television of Afghanistan,…
Afghanistan arrests 8 in bomb attack on TV staffers
By  • 25 January 2016
Afghan officials have arrested eight members of the country's militant Haqqani network in connection with a Jan. 20 suicide bombing that killed seven staffers from an Afghan television station in Kabul. The bomber rammed an…
Pakistani reporter slain by gunmen in tribal region
By  • 24 November 2015
A Pakistani television journalist has been shot and killed by motorcycle gunmen in a tribal region in the country's northwest that has been hit by a wave of attacks on members of the media. Unidentified…
Taliban say they'll target two Afghan TV stations
By  • 19 October 2015
The Taliban has declared two privately-owned Afghan TV outlets, Tolo TV and 1TV, and their journalists as “military objectives” that need to be “directly eliminated.” In a statement released Oct. 12, the group's military commission called Tolo…
Project Exile: After gunmen attack, journalist flees Pakistan
By  • 26 May 2015
"The official story is the Islamic extremists targeted me, but anything is possible in Pakistan." A love of writing led Raza Rumi to leave his secure, well-paying job at the Asian Development Bank and return…
Informant tells of recruitment to radical group
By  • 20 October 2014
'When people said to me, “You are a traitor to Islam because you stop Muslims,” I say to people that Islam does not support terrorism and the Prophet, peace be upon him, is not a…
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