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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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In the Run-Up to Elections, Burundi’s Press Is Told Not to Report

An oppressive law that ties journalists’ hands has been ruled in violation of democratic principles by the East African Court of Justice.

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Why the Greek Media Is in Free Fall

A new Open Society report details how an array of converging factors are devastating journalism in Greece, and what can be done to save it.

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As Nepal Reels, a Radio Station Offers a Steady Voice

For Nepalese migrant workers unable to return home to search for family, the Ujyaalo radio network has become a reliable link to the tragedy.

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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.