Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Damages Press Freedom

October 02, 2019

In late 2018, Fair Observer published many articles on the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. In an editorial decision, we decided to publish a 360⁰ series and an e-magazine on the subject one year after his death. We are doing so because freedom of the press matters and his murder raises deeply...

Jamal Khashoggi: The Martyr Who Made Backlash Possible

October 19, 2018

In his last ever article, Jamal Khashoggi lamented the lack of an “independent international forum” and “transnational media” in the Arab world. In his final, posthumous column published by The Washington Post, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi complained about the public’s general...

The Saudis Can Count on America

October 18, 2018

Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo and Jared Kushner focus on defending the innocence of MBS. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. To “get to the bottom” of what increasingly appears to be the bottomless pit of Saudi mischief, Donald Trump dispatched US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Riyadh....

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Is Thomas Friedman Wrong about MBS?

October 12, 2018

Columnist Thomas Friedman bravely admits that even when he’s egregiously wrong about the Saudi crown prince, he’s right. Faced with a tiny embarrassment, Thomas Friedman has had to take the extreme measure of quoting himself in extenso in an effort to wriggle out of his rapturous...

US Politicians Speak Out on Missing Saudi Journalist

October 10, 2018

The suspense of the week: awaiting Trump’s punishment of Saudi Arabia in the case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary gives its takes.  US politicians have begun reacting to the likely news that Saudi Arabia has taken the liberty of setting up an ambush at its...

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...

“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...

Hands Off the Free Press

October 13, 2016

The latest attacks on journalists and news organizations by corrupt populists are contributing to a global rollback of fundamental rights. Imagine that Donald Trump wins the presidency. Then, as he has done throughout his career, he goes after his enemies. He purges the Republican Party of...

In Greece, Syriza Jeopardizes Freedom of the Press

September 02, 2016

The Greek government has been taking steps that curb the country's freedom of the press. While outside media coverage of Greece this summer has focused on the migrants stranded at the gates of Europe, the far-left Syriza party continues to juggle the state’s astronomical debt and...

A Brief History of the Russian Media (Part 1/2)

March 18, 2014

A complete guide to who controls Russian news. Recent history of Russian media shows how the media system was preconditioned by the country's political development. In the 1990s, the Russian media system underwent major transformations following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The media were...

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