press freedom

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For the press, elections are a test of accountability

A journalist's role in covering elections is to give you unbiased information; doing anything else is failing in their role as a watchdog.
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Want to be a citizen journalist? You might be one already.

Social media have changed the way the world gets its news and allowed citizen journalists to use Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook and other platforms to report on what's important in their communities.
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Some election wins aren’t what they seem

When an election winner takes 95 or 100 percent of the vote, it's less likely he's incredibly popular and more likely that the election was not free and fair.
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U.S. criticizes China’s repression of Uighurs

The State Department voiced concern about increased Chinese repression of Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang, including detention of the relatives of U.S.-based Uighur journalists.
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Russia amps up disinformation following nerve attack [video]

Denials and distractions are coming from Russia following the recent nerve agent attack in England. Watch for yourself in this video from the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office.
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Iran’s crackdown on freedom of expression draws ire

A new U.N. human rights report identifies continuing efforts by Iran's government to silence its own people and curb press freedom.
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Tillerson pays tribute to victims of terrorism in Nairobi

Twenty years after terrorists attacked the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya and the U.S. remain strong allies, working closely to defeat terrorism, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.
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Americans speak their beliefs [video]

Democracies don't discourage free expression of beliefs, they promote it. Freedom of speech has been woven into the fabric of the U.S. since its founding.
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Outside Iranian prisons, families are desperate for news

After a brutal crackdown, family members waiting outside of prisons in Iran worry that their loved ones face torture and death at the hands of authorities.