At least 74 journalists have lost their lives in connection with their work in 2016, nearly three quarters of whom were likely deliberately targeted. That’s according to the latest report from Reporters Sans Frontières (Reporters Without Borders), an international organization and advocacy group dedicated to
The death of Fidel Castro on November 25th was a joyous occasion for many Cubans around the world as it marked the death of one of the world’s most oppressive dictators. However, regardless of his death, many Cubans still fear that their freedom of expression
Russia banned LinkedIn on Thursday, after Microsoft-owned social network failed to comply with the a 2014 law regarding Russian user data collection. The ban was exacted by Roskomnadzor, the government’s communications regulation agency. Roskomnazdor issued a statement, in Russian, regarding the decision. It cited the
In late October, the Montreal Gazette published a story claiming that Montreal’s police spied on La Presse reporter Patrick Lagace. The Gazette, as well as The Montreal Star, outlined how the police, through court-approved search warrants, spied on Lagace through his phone, gaining access to
Ever since the attempted and failed coup d’etat against Erdogan’s government, Turkey has seen greater limitations on media freedom. According to Reporter’s Without Borders Freedom Index Turkey ranks 151 out 180 in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index, a very low ranking for press freedom.
In an unusual turn of events this week, Philippine President Robert Duterte has ordered the creation of a presidential task force to protect journalists and investigate attacks on the media. The creation of such a superbody is at odds with Duterte’s acidic attitude towards the
On October 10, 2016, the Pakistani government placed a reputed and well-known columnist on the “Exit Control List,” banning the journalist from leaving Pakistan. The journalist was Cyril Almeida, who, only four days earlier, had published a widely-circulated article on a closed-door meeting of national
On Wednesday night, Delphine Halgand, the U.S. Director of Reporters Without Borders, spoke to students at The George Washington University about the importance of press freedom in the international community. The event was jointly hosted by MediaFile and George Washington’s International Affairs Society. The French-national
In February of 2014, students took to the streets throughout Venezuela to address grievances with their government. The country had one of the highest murder rates globally, a 50 percent inflation rate, and a lack of critical daily supplies such as toilet paper and milk.
The Angolan National Assembly passed four new bills this past August establishing a new regulatory body, “Entidade Reguladora da Comunicação Social Angolana” (ERCA), the Angolan Social Communications Regulatory Body. The move was approved in a series of laws formulated by the Popular Movement for the