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Can Investigative Journalism Flourish in the Arab World?

March 24, 2015 | by Rana Sabbagh

Secretive governments and social norms that discourage debate have held back quality journalism in many Arab countries. A new initiative aims to change that.

New Industry Standards Aim to Protect the Lives of Freelance Journalists

March 4, 2015 | by Marius Dragomir, Stewart Chisholm

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

Have You Been Spied On? Here’s How to Find Out.

February 19, 2015 | by Eric King

A landmark court ruling will allow citizens to search for their personal information in the files of Britain’s intelligence agency.

The Role of the Internet in Building Just and Open Societies

February 11, 2015 | by Chris Stone

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.

Who Owns the Media? Sometimes No One Knows

February 9, 2015 | by Mark Thompson, Marius Dragomir

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

Journalists in Paris Debate the Limits of Free Expression

January 29, 2015 | by Marius Dragomir

At a recent debate following the Charlie Hebdo attacks, some journalists equated “freedom of expression” with the freedom to exercise restraint.

What Colombia Can Teach France About Political Cartoons

January 28, 2015 | by Maria Teresa Ronderos

In Colombia, where offending the wrong people has been getting journalists killed for decades, the power of satire is that much more cherished.

For the Spanish Media, Death by a Thousand Paper Cuts

January 16, 2015 | by Francesca Fanucci

Hobbled by crushing debt and exploited by politicians, the press in Spain is barely breathing. Can a coalition of civil society groups bring it back to life?

Inside a Paris Newsroom After the Charlie Hebdo Attacks

January 8, 2015 | by Eleanor Kelly

A day after 12 people were killed in a brazen terror attack aimed at a French magazine, one publisher explains why the media in France won’t be silenced.

Why Romanian Journalists Are Opening Bakeries

December 22, 2014 | by Marius Dragomir

Manipulated by politicians and desperate for money, Romania’s press is in crisis. But the country’s newly elected president could rewrite the story.

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