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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?

Case Watch: European Judges Skirt Nationality Question in Latvian Case

February 6, 2015 | by Amy Strand

A member of Latvia's pro-Russian community fails to persuade the ECHR that denial of citizenship violates his rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

Why Violence Is Flaring at Europe’s Border Crossings

February 5, 2015 | by Helena Maleno Garzón

A spate of fatal incidents at the EU’s southern border crossings reveals an increasingly aggressive approach to stopping migrants at any cost.

Grantee Spotlight

A Cheap, Safe Way to Prevent Thousands of Overdose Deaths

February 4, 2015 | by Chris Ford, Sebastian Saville

The medicine naloxone could easily save countless lives. Why isn’t it used more often?

Case Watch: ECHR and UK Find a Compromise on “Whole Life” Sentences

February 4, 2015 | by Marion Isobel

An ECHR ruling on “whole life sentences” shows how a heated confrontation with the UK has been resolved through constructive judicial dialogue.

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.

A General’s Guide to Building Open Societies

January 29, 2015 | by Chris Stone

General Balananda Sharma of the Nepalese Army, who led the demobilization of combatants after Nepal’s civil war, offers a roadmap for other countries trying to do the same.

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.

Five Years After Citizens United, Signs of a Backlash

January 27, 2015 | by Sarah Knight

A coalition of unlikely allies is forming to oppose the free flow of dark money in political campaigns.

Grantee Spotlight

Accountability in Greece Should Not Stop at Elections

January 26, 2015 | by Stefanos Loukopoulos

Greece has voted in a new anti-austerity leadership. A new website aims to hold those leaders accountable and let the Greek electorate interact with them directly.

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