Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Politico's Canellos speaks out on 2016 coverage
By  • 29 December 2016
At the time it seemed certain to fail. When two Washington Post reporters left the legendary paper to launch a start-up political website and free newspaper with publisher Robert Allbritton in 2007, many in the…
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The future of indigenous media [video]
By  • 13 December 2016
Just 12 languages are spoken by two-thirds of the world's seven billion inhabitants. For the globe's 370 million indigenous people, keeping their native languages alive in an increasingly interconnected world is an enormous challenge. On this…
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Photo essay: Documenting the death penalty
By  • 9 December 2016
"If people can see the reality of the death penalty, no one would want it any more." Since the U.S. Supreme Court ended a de facto ban on the death penalty in 1976, the U.S.…
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After rape, Irish abortion ban led woman to U.K.
By  • 4 December 2016
"I could get up to 14 years imprisonment for having an illegal abortion. Whereas the maximum penalty my rapist could get is seven years." When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned many state abortion restrictions in…
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Photo essay: Hidden war in Yemen
By  • 10 November 2016
While Syria garners international headlines as refugees stream into Europe, Yemen’s plight has gone largely unnoticed. The poorest country in the Middle East, Yemen has been mired in civil war since late 2014 and the…
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Grading Obama's Asia pivot
By  • 6 October 2016
Rebalance in U.S. relations yields mix results A key pillar of President Barack Obama's foreign policy has been the attempted "pivot to Asia." The idea was that under President Bush, the U.S. expended enormous resources…
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Trump's policies viewed warily overseas
By  • 5 August 2016
Republican nominee Donald Trump has commanded blanket media coverage since his run for U.S. president took off last year. But it's not just Americans who have been glued to their screens when Trump's face appears. Government…
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The debate over government transparency
By  • 8 June 2016
The United States is an open society with an open system of government. That means the press and ordinary people have the right to scrutinize how our leaders make decisions. The idea is that when…
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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,…
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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,…
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