“Fake News” a Growing New Threat to Press Freedom

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by Thalif Deen When a Malaysian politician of a bygone era was asked about the “leading newspapers” in his country, he shot back: “We don’t have any leading newspapers in our country because all our newspapers are misleading.” But that… Continue Reading  

Stop the Presses!

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by John Feffer Imagine that Donald Trump wins the presidency. Then, as he has done throughout his career, he goes after his enemies. He purges the Republican Party of everyone who refused to support him. He initiates criminal proceedings against… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan: Will Khadija Ismayilova’s Freedom Open Prison Doors?

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by Durna Safarova Two days before her 40th birthday, Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova was released from prison on May 25. Questions persist about the Azerbaijani government’s motivation for the release, and whether it portends a loosening of restrictions on civil liberties… Continue Reading  

Where is Turkey Headed?

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by Robert Olson The recent sacking of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, coupled with recently passed parliamentary bills and laws, confirms that Turkey is headed for one-man dictatorial rule. This rule will not be similar to dictators or regimes that have… Continue Reading  

Iran: Flawed Convictions for Journalists

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by Human Rights Watch An Iranian court convicted three journalists and a family member of another journalist on April 25, 2016 on vague national security charges, Human Rights Watch said today. The four, along with a fifth journalist, have been… Continue Reading