Media Freedom in Southeast Asia Remains An Issue

March 29, 2015

Civil liberties have improved, but most media outlets in Southeast Asia remain controlled by authoritarian governments. Media and politics are two strongly interconnected and essential components of human society. The state, through law, limits the room for news media to operate freely. In turn,...

Turkey: Uprising’s Currents Run Deep

August 20, 2013

The unrest gripping Turkey has less to do with Islam than with the AKP’s policies. For the time being, Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan — with brutal police tactics that killed four people and injured more than 8,000 — appears to have successfully...

The Arab World’s Elusive Press Freedom (Part 1/2)

June 29, 2013

Following the Arab Uprisings, the Middle East continues to suffer from a lack of media freedom. This is the first of a two part series.  Perhaps the most disappointing result of the Arab Spring revolutions that erupted in 2011 is how little has changed for local media outlets in the Middle...

Turkey: It’s Not Only About a Tree, Stupid (Part 1/2)

June 14, 2013

Erdogan’s government has antagonized major portions of Turkish society over the last decade. This is the first of a two part series. It all started with a sit-in protest against government plans to demolish the last green area – Gezi Park – of Taksim Square in order to build a...

The Civilized Monster: Iran and Pinochet

June 07, 2013

Under Pinochet, the Chilean government used its power to fabricate news to suit its own needs. Are these techniques resurfacing in today’s Iran? During the hot summer days of 2009, people in Iran who were demonstrating against the disputed reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were...

Iraq Under Fire: Sectarian Strife Plagues the Country

May 15, 2013

In the midst of growing unrest in the Middle East, Iraq is yet again ablaze, fueled by sectarian strife. Sunni protests, pushing against a Shia leadership, have led international spectators to already call a civil war in the country. Iraq, a country embroiled in sectarian warfare, must now rise...

Media Freedom in the Former Soviet Union

April 17, 2013

More than two decades after the fall of the USSR many of its former republics failed to establish a democratic and open media landscape, ranking among the worst in media freedom indexes. At a Minsk café on a blustery day just before New Year’s in 2010, Franak Viačorka hesitated...