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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Regulating the Internet

February 21, 2012 11:36 PM ET

Legislation for Internet security can quickly turn into a weapon against the free press. Cybercrime laws are intended to extend existing penal codes to the online world, but they can easily be broadened to criminalize standard journalistic practices. By Danny O'Brien...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Asia

February 21, 2012 11:27 PM ET

Analyses and data track press conditions throughout the region. Bob Dietz describes efforts by Pakastani journalists to address widespread violence. Shawn Crispin details the faltering prosecution in the Maguindanao massacre. Madeline Earp examines the future of information control in China, and Monica Campbell recounts the plight of Afghan reporters for...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Pakistani Media Look Inward

February 21, 2012 11:27 PM ET

As journalists continue to be targeted, the government of Asif Ali Zardari has shown itself unable and unwilling to stand up for a free press. Whatever solutions exist will have to be found by people in the profession. By Bob Dietz...

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Attacks on the Press: Will Philippines Fail on Maguindanao?

February 21, 2012 11:26 PM ET

Nearly two years since 32 journalists were murdered, the fight for justice has both intensified in rhetoric and bogged down in technicalities. Without a greater commitment of resources, the litmus test is one the Philippines could fail. By Shawn W. Crispin...

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Attacks on the Press: China Holds Fast to Information Control

February 21, 2012 11:25 PM ET

Internet users posed ever-bigger challenges to Beijing's media controls, boosting debate on public safety and censorship. But ahead of a 2012 leadership transition, the Chinese Communist Party looks likely to fiercely suppress dissent. By Madeline Earp...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Fixers on Front Lines

February 21, 2012 11:24 PM ET

Local "fixers" have been essential to foreign reporters covering the Afghan war. While they often do the same work as their international counterparts, they run greater risk and face a far more uncertain future. By Monica Campbell...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Pakistani Journalist Speaks Up

February 21, 2012 11:23 PM ET

Pakistani reporter Umar Cheema speaks out on the climate of impunity that led to his being abducted and brutally assaulted for his work. (4:15) Read the Attacks on the Press 2011 country profile on Pakistan....

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: The Year in Photos

February 21, 2012 11:16 PM ET

Photographers from The Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, and other news outlets documented historic events in 2011, often at great peril. The Year in Photographs: Press Freedom in 2011 features images from the Arab uprisings, South Asia's armed conflicts, and political repression in the Americas, Africa, and Europe....

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Vietnam

February 21, 2012 12:24 AM ET

Vietnam intensified a media crackdown targeting online journalists and bloggers, reasserting the government’s near-total control of domestic news media. Authorities arrested and detained five bloggers and contributors to online news publications, bringing to nine the number of journalists behind bars. Political bloggers Pham Minh Hoang and Vi Duc Hoi...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Thailand

February 21, 2012 12:23 AM ET

Journalists faced significant restrictions, particularly online, despite democratic elections and a change in government. Outgoing Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva cracked down on partisan media, shutting radio stations and detaining Somyot Preuksakasemsuk, editor of a newsmagazine aligned with the anti-government United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship. New premier Yingluck Shinawatra...

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