Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Not the post-COVID travel surge that Eastern Europe was expecting
By  • 16 May 2022
After two years of COVID-19 lockdowns, Poland was looking forward to getting its tourism economy started again. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine changed that.  The MV World Odyssey cruise ship is just one data point in…
Fighting news illiteracy
By  • 1 August 2019
Everybody with a cell phone is a publisher these days. Maybe it's time we learn to be reporters. The downside of the internet is that it has given propagandists and peddlers of disinformation easy access…
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…
Ukraine's displaced struggle amid forgotten war
By  • 4 January 2019
(History sometimes shows us that crises don't emerge suddenly. We're taking a look back at a 2019 episode about a then-forgotten war that has reemerged into the headlines.) Though it's receded from the headlines, the…
Project Exile: Russian journalist flees after car fire, feces attack
By  • 30 November 2018
“I just can't stand lies. So whenever I see a lie, I call it a lie.” A decade ago, Russian journalist Yulia Latynina thought dissidents who compared President Vladimir Putin's rule to the Soviet times…
Project Exile: After colleague's death, Russian journalist fears return
By  • 23 January 2018
“It said that all Russian journalists who support Ukraine might be killed. My name was on the list.” Kseniya Kirillova thought her stay in the U.S. would be only temporary. [caption id="attachment_8989" align="alignleft" width="145"] Kseniya…
Journalist critical of Kremlin dies in Ukraine bombing
By  • 25 July 2016
A prominent journalist and critic of the Russian and Belarusian governments has been killed in a car-bombing in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, a year after he reported being threatened during a visit to Moscow. Pavel…
Pakistan, Ukraine media share growing pains
By  • 26 May 2016
At first glance, media in Pakistan and the Ukraine have little in common. But in both the South Asian nation and the former Soviet republic, independent private news outlets are relatively new and face a…
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…
Russia releases Crimea reporter charged with 'extremism'
By  • 26 April 2016
Police in Crimea have released a reporter for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) after detaining him as part of an investigation into the U.S.-sponsored news service in the peninsula annexed by Russia from Ukraine in…
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