Azerbaijan Releases More than 50 Political Prisoners

by Durna Safarova Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev has pardoned over 50 people widely considered to be political prisoners, an unprecedented move that observers are struggling to interpret. As has become a tradition to celebrate the Nowruz holiday, Aliyev pardoned more… Continue Reading  

Royal Wedding Received Triple the Media Coverage of Yemen in 2018

by Jim Lobe The ongoing war in Yemen, called the world’s “worst humanitarian disaster” by the United Nations and independent aid agencies since early last year, received a grand combined total of 20 minutes of coverage on the ABC, NBC,… Continue Reading  

Jason Rezaian’s Prisoner Reviewed

by John Limbert Beginning July 2014, the Iranians had a problem. For reasons known only to them­selves, Revolutionary Guards Security Officers arrested Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi, his wife of 15 months, in the garage of their… Continue Reading  

Egypt Blacks Out Coverage of Sisi’s 60 Minutes Interview

by Joe Stork CBS’s flagship news program 60 Minutes provocatively promoted its interview with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as “the interview Egypt’s government doesn’t want on TV.” After CBS recorded the interview, Egypt’s ambassador to the United States as… Continue Reading  

Minimal Media Attention Helped Sink Crucial Climate Initiatives

by Justin Anderson Climate change took a backseat to other issues in this year’s midterm elections, and humanity may end up paying the price. The majority of climate change-related ballot measures failed, many climate deniers in the Republican party won… Continue Reading