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Media & Information

A free and independent press is vital to any democracy, ensuring government accountability and a diversity of viewpoints. The Open Society Foundations support efforts that expand and protect press freedoms, increase public access to knowledge and information, include minority voices in media, and use the arts to address pressing social issues.

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Documenting the Human Cost of U.S. Immigration Policy

November 18, 2014 by Chuck Leung

Photographer Brandon Thibodeaux discusses his visit to the Texas–Mexico border region to document the growing human cost of U.S. immigration policy.

Lapdogs vs. Watchdogs: State Advertising and Media

November 18, 2014 by Mark Thompson, Marius Dragomir

In many countries, governments reward loyal media with millions in advertising revenue and, in doing so, stifle critical information.

Bringing the Streets to Politics: Hip-Hop Promotes Openness in Senegal

November 11, 2014 by Amanda Fortier 2

Senegalese youth learn to express and sustain demands for change through a project that emphasizes rap and hip-hop culture.

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