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    Harvard to Host Correa, but No Free Press in Ecuador Can Cover It

    The Washington Free Beacon reported last week that President of Ecuador Rafael Correa will address the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at Harvard’s Institute of Politics next week. The director of media relations at Harvard, Doug Gavel, told the Free Beacon that a fundamental tenet of Harvard’s Kennedy School is … More

    NYT Reporter: Obama Administration Is ‘Greatest Enemy of Press Freedom’

    New York Times reporter James Risen, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, claims the Obama administration is “the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation.” Risen won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 and 2006 for his reporting on national security and terrorism. He has … More

    U.S. Press Freedom 2014: Much Is in the Eye of the Beholder

    The headline from “World Press Freedom 2014,” published by Reporters Without Borders (RWB), was grave: The United States has plummeted in its rankings of 180 countries. From a not-so-great number 32 in 2013, we are now down to 48. When the group first produced its comprehensive “World Press Freedom” index … More

    Turkey: Erdogan Government’s War on Media

    Hundreds of brave journalists in Turkey took to the streets of Istanbul this week to protest new laws tightening censorship of the Internet. In early February, Azerbaijani journalist Mahir Zeynalov was expelled from Turkey for the crime of “insulting the prime minister” in a Twitter post, the first since 1995 … More

    American Leadership Needed as Global Freedom Declines

    Freedom House has just released its 41st annual survey of freedom in the world. It shows an overall erosion in global freedom for the eighth year in a row. Just 40 percent of the world’s population now lives in “free” countries. Some of the biggest declines in global freedom occurred … More

    Southeast Asia and Its Press Freedom Woes

    A Burmese court recently sentenced a journalist to jail for purported defamation, coarse language, and trespassing. The journalist, Ma Khine, was reporting on corruption and video piracy when she allegedly got into an argument during an agreed-upon interview with lawyer Aye Aye Phyo, who asked her to leave his home … More

    Venezuela Tries to Weaken Human Rights Watchdog

    A group of populist Latin American states—led by Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela—hopes to reduce the role of an international human rights commission and watchdog. These radical states aim to weaken the commission because it goes against their political ambitions, as it entails scrutiny and judgments of human rights violations by … More

    Expulsion of American Reporter from China Should Prompt U.S. Action

    News yesterday of the expulsion of Melissa Chan, an American reporting for Al-Jazeera in China, brings into stark focus the great disparity between the U.S. willingness to grant visas to Chinese journalists—who are then allowed complete freedom to report in the U.S.—and the difficulty that foreign journalists have in not … More