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Media Freedom

Media Freedom

The Open Society Foundations promote independent media and professional, quality journalism, especially in countries undergoing a process of democratization.

Recent Work

Voices
Case Watch: Who Killed Deyda Hydara?

West Africa's regional court has delivered a stinging rebuke against the Gambian National Intelligence Agency for having failed to properly investigate the murder of journalist Deyda Hydara in December 2004.

Voices
Japan’s State Secrecy Law Faulted in Human Rights Review

The United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva has said Tokyo’s restrictive new secrecy legislation falls short on global standards.

Event
Privacy, Censorship, and the “Right to Be Forgotten” in the Digital Age  

Laura Reed of Freedom House and Darian Pavli of the Open Society Justice Initiative discuss a recent controversial decision by the European Court of Justice about search engine results.

Briefing Paper
Freedom of Expression in the Americas

Read the views in Spanish and English of four of the six candidates seeking election as the next Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression for the Americas.

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Whistleblower Protection and The Snowden Effect  

This briefing addresses the current historic opportunity to advance whistleblower protection and concrete opportunities to strengthen work in the areas of human rights, national security, environment, and governance.

Voices
What’s Wrong with Erasing Information from the Web?

The recent European court decision requiring Google to delete certain information from the web could have serious consequences for freedom of information.