Bangladesh Prevents Freedom of Opinion

August 06, 2018

In Bangladesh and a few other places, your opinion may not only unwelcome but also punishable by law. On August 5, the Bangladeshi government arrested Shahidul Alam, an award-winning photographer and a contributor at Fair Observer. Alam was charged under the International Communication and...

A Critique of a “Free” Press in a “Free” Society

June 06, 2018

Today, more than ever, the press must critically examine itself and stop doing those things that undermine overall credibility. It sure seems like there is no bottom to the hourly breathless “breaking news.” There is so much “breaking news” that the attempt to convey urgency has lost...

“The Post” and the Importance of a Free Press

January 27, 2018

Steven Spielberg’s The Post is a timely reminder of the constitutional importance of a free press. Steven Spielberg’s new film, The Post, which explores the events that led up to New York Times v. US, echoes Justice Hugo Black’s sentiment: “The press was protected so that it could bare...

Press Freedom at a Crossroads in Iraqi Kurdistan

February 08, 2014

Despite appraisal for Iraqi Kurdistan’s thriving democracy, journalists are under threat. It appears there are two ways to depict life in Iraqi Kurdistan. Western journalists covering the area commonly invoke the region's new luxury hotels and airports as symbols of its progress and prosperity....

Guatemala: Violence Against Journalists Spikes Again

October 03, 2013

Guatemala does little to protect journalists from attacks. On August 19, Guatemalan television and radio journalist Carlos Alberto Orellana Chávez was abducted from his car in the department of Suchitepéquez and murdered shortly thereafter, a mere seven days after another journalist,...

Media and Politics in Georgia: A Partisan View

May 22, 2013

Despite the recent change in leadership, Georgian media seems unlikely to develop non-partisan reporting in the near future, argues Freedom House analyst Katherin Machalek. Amid great fanfare, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili appeared at a rally in Tbilisi on April 19 in support of his...