Mission Journal

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'Litmus test' begins in Maguindanao prosecution

August 17, 2010 2:31 PM ET

A judge's decision today to set a September 1 trial date for several defendants in the Maguindanao massacre highlights a positive development in what has been a very ugly story. The judge appeared determined to move the case forward...

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In Yemen, press freedom worst in 20 years

July 16, 2010 3:51 PM ET

One opinion was relayed to me repeatedly by numerous journalists, lawyers, and human rights defenders during the week I just spent in Yemen: The crackdown against independent and opposition media in the country has not been this concerted at...

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Circumventing India’s radio news ban

March 23, 2010 3:37 PM ET

Violence against provincial journalists, self-censorship, and the rise of paid news were the leading press freedom concerns cited by editors and journalists that I met with during my recent visit to India. But for Shubhranshu Choudhary, known as Shu, it’s the ban...

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In India, news for sale

March 19, 2010 10:18 AM ET

I just returned from India, where I spent a week meeting journalists and discussing press freedom concerns. One issue that emerged during my visit is what is known euphemistically as “paid news.”  Many media outlets routinely sell political advertising dressed...

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At Tolo and other Afghan media, pressure from all sides

July 22, 2009 10:19 AM ET

With elections due on August 20, pressure is mounting on Afghan journalists, and it's coming from all sides. The International Federation of Journalists helped organize a meeting in Kabul last week to draw the fractious journalists' community together; there are...

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Pajhwok Afghan News expands, faces tough decisions

July 20, 2009 9:44 AM ET

I spent Sunday morning in Kabul catching up with Danish Karokhel, at left, director of Pajhwok Afghan News and (along with deputy Farida Nekzad) a 2008 CPJ International Press Freedom Awardee. Pajhwok moved since the last time I was here,...

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Fighting back against Nicaragua's war on the media

July 2, 2009 4:22 PM ET

What is happening in Nicaragua when it comes to press freedom? A CPJ report found that President Daniel Ortega is waging a war against the media. It consists of smear campaigns, legal and economic pressures, verbal and physical attacks, and...

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Lively debate on the state of press freedom in Managua

July 2, 2009 2:53 PM ET

Minutes after I woke up to get ready for the presentation of a CPJ report on press freedom conditions in Nicaragua, I turned on the TV. Nicaragua was shaken by the sudden death of Managua's mayor, Alexis Arguello, who was...

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Mission Journal: Mysterious raid draws new concerns

April 22, 2009 11:43 AM ET

On March 2, 2006, Kenyan state agents conducted a commando-style midnight raid on the Standard Group, owner of an independent daily and KTN Television in the capital, Nairobi. The agents seized computers and tapes, vandalized a printing press, and burned...

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Mission Journal: Nicaragua slides backward

April 6, 2009 4:44 PM ET

Nicaragua's press freedom conditions have seriously deteriorated in the last year, local journalists and free press advocates told Americas Senior Program Coordinator Carlos Lauría and me during a weeklong visit to Managua. We concluded our mission on Friday and will...

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