Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Project Exile: Tajikistan harasses reporter into exile
By  • 20 June 2019
"I knew that they have just one goal: they want to see me out of journalism." The calls came to Tajik journalist Humayra Bakhtiyar at her sports club, at the shopping center and at home.…
China's new Silk Road
By  • 18 April 2019
Chinese workers have built bridges in Serbia, a huge railroad tunnel in Uzbekistan and a gas and oil pipeline across Myanmar. These are just a few of the dozens of massive foreign infrastructure projects China…
Countering extremism in Central Asia
By  • 24 January 2019
More people joined the Islamic State from former Soviet republics than from any other region outside the Middle East. On this special edition of Global Journalist, a look at what drew so many fighters from…
China's Uighurs face cultural assault
By  • 11 October 2018
Over the past year, China has vastly increased repression of the country’s Uighur minority. A Turkic group that practices Islam, the Uighurs have long faced restrictions from Beijing – but over the past year as many…
Project Exile: Uzbekistan continues ban on exiled journalist
By  • 30 May 2018
Hamid Ismailov was forced to flee Uzbekistan in 1992 for what the state dubbed "unacceptable democratic tendencies" Hamid Ismailov deserves an apology. Or at the very least, an explanation. It has been 26 years since…
Project Exile: Tajik journalist moves to Poland after threats
By  • 15 May 2017
"People from the government burst into my father-in-law's house and told him that I was leading an illegal channel." Distributing independent news in the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan is no easy task. But in…
Turkmenistan's silent election
By  • 2 February 2017
Most people outside of Central Asia know little about the gas-rich desert nation of Turkmenistan. The former Soviet Republic has virtually no independent media and just a handful of bookstores.  Foreign journalists and scholars are…
Uzbekistan after Karimov
By  • 22 October 2016
Repression is legacy of 25-year rule In a country with no independent media, the airwaves are dominated by upbeat government propaganda. So when Uzbekistan's state media announced the former Soviet republic's first and only president…
Uzbekistan's dictatorship at a crossroads
By  • 20 October 2016
The central Asian nation of Uzbekistan is known for its spectacular mosques, vast fields of cotton and immense natural gas reserves. It's also one of the world's most repressive police states, where the government reportedly…
Uzbekistan said to use passport data to track journalists
By , • 1 October 2014
Uzbekistan is using information from its new biometric passport system to track journalists crossing its borders, a local news website says. Uzbek journalist and human rights activist Dmitry Tikhonov was detained Sept. 20 by Uzbek…
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