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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.
In a judgment that could have ramifications throughout the continent, an African international court has ruled that journalists should be protected from imprisonment for criminal defamation.
Photographer Brandon Thibodeaux discusses his visit to the Texas–Mexico border region to document the growing human cost of U.S. immigration policy.
In many countries, governments reward loyal media with millions in advertising revenue and, in doing so, stifle critical information.