press freedom

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Nobel honors journalists with peace prize

The Nobel Committee awarded its peace prize to two journalists, highlighting the role of free expression in countering authoritarianism.
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The importance of an independent press

The U.S. deemed free and independent media so essential that press freedom is protected in the Constitution. Find out why.
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Promoting human rights is essential to U.S. policy

Almost 80 years after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's famous Four Freedoms speech, the United States continues to champion human rights abroad.

The U.S. protects the right to protest injustice [video]

People in the United States use the freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment to change their government and work towards a more perfect union.
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How Russia’s ‘foreign agents’ law silences dissent

Russia uses its "foreign agents" law to silence critics and the media. U.S. rules disclose who is behind the messaging people receive. Know the difference.
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Regimes target free press with ‘economic strangulation,’ report says

Authoritarian regimes are using economic pressure and legal hurdles to shutter newspapers and stifle press freedom, says Reporters Without Borders.
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Democratic partners condemn crackdown in Belarus

The United States and partner nations have sanctioned Belarusian officials in an effort to deter the regime's human rights violations.
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Biden defends democratic values in talks with Russian President Putin

President Biden met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva to discuss areas of cooperation and disagreement between the two countries.
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A free press requires an open internet

Free expression on the internet is a human rights issue, and organizations such as Access Now and the Freedom Online Coalition are standing up for it.