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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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A Paris-Based Media Outlet Reacts to the Attacks

In the wake of the attacks that killed over a hundred in Paris, a publisher explains the media’s role in responding, and why we shouldn’t make assumptions about the terrorists’ intended targets.

Rethinking the Debate Around Censorship in Pakistan

In a country where freedom of expression is sometimes criticized as a “Western construct,” one coalition is fighting to loosen Pakistan’s strict censorship laws.

True or False? Fact-Checking Journalism Is Booming.

Around the world, small squadrons of journalists who speed-check facts and figures are changing how media works—and holding public officials to their word.

Venezuela’s “Firefly” Aims to Illuminate News that Others Won’t

A startup website run by a team of disillusioned journalists is providing something rarely found in Venezuela: unbiased news.

Can Malaysia’s Leading Independent News Site Survive a Censorship Law?

Against the odds, the Malaysiakini group has managed to turn a profit while maintaining its independent voice, but a crackdown on press freedoms threatens its success.

African Court Orders Remedies and Damages in Case of Murdered Journalist

Africa’s fledgling human rights court has made its first substantial order of financial damages, in a case against Burkina Faso brought by the wife of Norbert Zongo, an investigative journalist murdered in 1998.