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Sara Rafsky

Sara Rafsky, former research associate in CPJ's Americas program, is a freelance journalist and M.S. candidate in Comparative Media Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was previously researcher on Central America at Amnesty International in Mexico City.

Censorship in Alabama's Shelby County

November 13, 2013 5:21 PM ET

Before his staffers, under government duress, took power drills and angle grinders to destroy company Macbooks in the newspaper's basement, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger made sure to send Edward Snowden's leaked documents to New York newsrooms for safekeeping....

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Goodale: Pentagon Papers have lessons for AP case

May 17, 2013 5:09 PM ET

Forty-two years ago next month, The New York Times published the first of the Pentagon Papers, a trove of classified documents on U.S. military involvement in Vietnam, sparking a landmark legal case on press freedom....

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In Brazil, awakening 'Rodrigo Neto in each of us'

May 2, 2013 4:00 PM ET

One month after their colleague Rodrigo Neto was gunned down on the street after eating at a popular outdoor barbecue restaurant, the journalists of Vale do Aço, Brazil, were indignant. Denouncing a sluggish investigation and the possibility of police involvement in the murder, they strapped black bands to their...

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Two years after his death, Hetherington studied, celebrated

April 18, 2013 4:51 PM ET

Two years ago this week, on the central boulevard of the Western Libyan city of Misurata, freelance photographers Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros were killed by mortar rounds from government forces. Hondros lost consciousness almost immediately. Hetherington bled out in the back of a pick-up truck as he clutched...

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Sánchez, Cuba's blogging pioneer, eyes a new trail to blaze

March 15, 2013 4:32 PM ET

Having broken through one long-standing barrier, Yoani Sánchez, the pioneering figure in Cuba's independent blogosphere, is looking to smash another. "It seemed like an impossible dream, but here I am," Sánchez told a gathering today at CPJ's New York offices. After being denied travel authorization at least 20 times...

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'Central Park Five' case reinforces reporter's privilege

February 21, 2013 11:50 AM ET

As the film "The Central Park Five" heads into the Film Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, where it is nominated for best documentary, its filmmakers can rest assured that at least one contest, the one that was taking place far from Hollywood in a New York...

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New term to settle Obama legacy on leaks, whistleblowers

January 23, 2013 10:41 AM ET

As pundits debate how Barack Obama will tackle guns, climate change, immigration, and the debt ceiling in his newly inaugurated second term, press freedom advocates are left questioning how the U.S. president will handle another, no-less-controversial issue: the treatment of whistleblowers and officials who leak information to the media....

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