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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.

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Recent Work

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The Transparency Law That’s Opening Up Pakistan

A groundbreaking right-to-information law is already bearing fruit in Pakistan, as citizens and the media use it to shine a light on government corruption and inefficiency.

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Could This Media Outlet Change the Way Russians View the News?

At the independent media outlet Caucasian Knot, a small team of journalists is doing something almost unheard of in Russia: reporting the news without self-censorship.

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Victories and Challenges for Media Defense: A Conversation with Media Legal Defense Initiative  

Representatives from the Media Legal Defence Initiative discuss its work defending journalists, bloggers, and independent media against legal threats.

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New Industry Standards Aim to Protect the Lives of Freelance Journalists

As violence against journalists surges, a coalition of stakeholders is working to protect the industry’s most vulnerable workers: freelancers.

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The Role of the Internet in Building Just and Open Societies

The Open Society Foundations and others are making a public commitment to work towards an internet that is built, used, and governed in ways that allow everyone to access it and benefit from its potential.

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Who Owns the Media? Sometimes No One Knows

Ensuring transparency around media ownership is one of the simplest ways to promote democracy. Why do some countries refuse to do it?