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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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Book Launch—Five Ideas to Fight For: How Our Freedom Is Under Threat and Why It Matters  
In this livestreamed event, leading human rights lawyer Anthony Lester discusses his new book, which presents a powerful account of what’s needed to protect our hard-won rights and freedoms.
In the EU, Media Portrayals of Ukraine Reveal Europe’s Own Self-Interests

Depictions of the crisis are often shaped by attitudes that have little to do with Ukraine itself.

Journalists in Pakistan Unite to Fight Violence Against Media

In a country where violence against media is common, an initiative is creating a united front—and a sense that an attack on one media outlet is an attack on them all.

The Struggle of Displaced Journalists in Ukraine

The conflict in Ukraine has forced many journalists to relocate, but their work has only become more vital.

Justice Behind Bars: The Persecution of Civil Society in Azerbaijan

This discussion will feature a presentation of a new report that highlights the abuse of the criminal justice system during the current, unprecedented civil society crackdown in Azerbaijan.

Can a Team of Independent Journalists Help Prevent ISIS Recruitment in Georgia?

In a region targeted by ISIS for young recruits, local journalists are exposing the terror group’s shadowy network, one case at a time.