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This week's raids on media show our democracy at its darkest.
On Wednesday, the AFP raided the ABCs Sydney headquarters in relation to the 2017 “Afghan files” report.
This week's raids on journalists and media outlets show not just the risk to those doing work in the public interest, but the potentially chilling effect it will have on more such journalism being brought to light.
Rwandan reporters are using journalism to promote peace, recover and reunite.
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Reporters and editors in Rwanda saw themselves as unifiers, and that meant working to promote unity and reconciliation.
The constitutionality of South Africa’s surveillance law is being challenged in court.
South Africa's law that regulates the Interception of communications is being challenged on the basis it can be abused by rogue elements in intelligence.
Caucasus mountains in Svaneti, northwest Georgia.
How does reporting on the environment promote democracy? A US journalism professor describes conditions in the republic of Georgia, where the media isn't equipped to cover issues like pollution.
Reuters reporters Wa Lone, left, and Kyaw Soe Oo after being freed from prison, in Yangon, Myanmar, May 7, 2019.
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Twelve reporters have been killed so far this year and 172 are in jail, according to a new report on press freedom worldwide. The US places 48th of 180 countries ranked, down two spots from 2018.
Reuters reporters Wa Lone (left) and Kyaw Soe Oo, leaving prison in Myanmar on Tuesday.
The influential military is still in a position to veto reforms, making the repeal of repressive laws difficult.
South African politician Julius Malema often attacks journalists.
For democracy to work, the press has to be free.
Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor in chief of WikiLeaks, and barrister Jennifer Robinson talk to the media after Julian Assange’s arrest in London.
It's dangerous for the press to take up Julian Assange's cause, two journalism scholars write. Assange is no journalist, they say, and making him out to be one is likely to damage press freedoms.
Cubans attend a public discussion to revamp the country’s Cold War-era constitution in Havana, in August 2018.
Cuba will not legalize same-sex marriage, as gay activists hoped. But its new constitution adds greater protections for LGBTQ people and for women, and gives Cubans the right to own private property.
Maria Ressa was arrested in early February.
Maria Ressa's case is important because of what it says about the way governments are increasingly using the "rule of law" to silence the legitimate work of journalists.
Maria Ressa (C), executive editor of online news site Rappler, arrives to post bail at a local court in Manila, Philippines. February 14, 2019.
The arrest of a high-profile journalist in the Philippines has been rightly condemned. But the abuses she has been reporting continue daily.
UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt making a statement in the House of Commons in October 2018 about the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Jeremy Hunt says he will making press freedom a priority. Good for him There are a few things he can do immediately.
Tanzania’s journalists have been kept in check for a long time.
There's been an evolution in Tanzanian laws used against the press
Journalists who cover illegal operations like logging at this site in northern Sagaing division, Myanmar, can face threats and violence.
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Reporters who cover environment and natural resource issues are commonly threatened and harassed around the world. Some have been killed for coverage that threatens powerful interests.
Sahar Zeki, a friend of Jamal Khashoggi, outside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, October 23, 2018.
The death of the Saudi columnist shows the hazards faced by journalists – especially if the US doesn't like what they do.
Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Donald Trump.
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Americans are overwhelmingly committed to a free press and hostile to government restrictions, a new poll finds. But the country is divided on the meaning of President Trump's attacks on the press.
Tabling the report, Fifield revealed Milne had told him on September.
12 that the board did not believe Guthrie was best placed to lead the
organisation, and that he would be telling her that next day.
Mrdak, who interviewed both Milne and Guthrie, said they had no doubt the government was “very concerned at the issues of opinion and accuracy and editorial standards raised” in the several pieces.
The push to tax social media users is gaining momentum across Africa.
Internet taxes could stifle Africa's free and vibrant social media.
Before Milne’s announcement Communications Minister Mitch Fifield.
conspicuously failed to back him when addressing reporters.
According to the report, Milne had said that if Guthrie didn't fire Probyn, she would be jeopardising half a billion dollars in funding for the proposed Jetstream infrastructure project.