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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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Recent Work

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Nepali and Colombian Journalists Join Forces to Protect Their Peers

Colombia has made strides in protecting journalists from physical attacks. Now, a group of Nepali journalists is working to apply some of these methods in a different context.

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Keeping the Internet Open for All in Pakistan  

Internet censorship in Pakistan is reaching new heights, threatening freedom of expression and the right to privacy.

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Why Breaking the Silence Needs the Right to Keep Silent

An Israeli rights group used testimony from soldiers to bring to light abuses in Gaza and the occupied West Bank; now it is under legal pressure to expose its sources.

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Book Launch—Five Ideas to Fight For: How Our Freedom Is Under Threat and Why It Matters  
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.
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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.

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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.