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...

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...

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...

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...

The UN Stays Silent on Press Freedoms

June 28, 2016

How can the body stand up for free expression when those freedoms are anathema to a sizeable part of its membership? In celebration of World Press Freedom Day in May, the United Nations (UN) released a statement extolling the virtues of an unrestricted press. A free media, it said, “can...

The World This Week: Threats to Freedom From Bangladesh to Mexico

August 08, 2015

The liberty of belief and expression is a fundamental right that is under increasing threat in countries like Bangladesh and Mexico. On St. Bartholomew’s Day in 1572, Catholics slaughtered Huguenots in Paris. Soon, the killings spread across France. Historians continue to debate as to who...

In Many Countries, Being a Journalist Means Risking Your Life

July 02, 2015

Iraq, Syria and the Philippines are the most dangerous countries for journalists. In June 2015, a journalist was burned to death in India for reporting on police corruption. But just how bad is the situation in other countries, if India isn’t the worst place to be a journalist? According to...

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