Press Freedom

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Iran’s regime targets critics’ relatives to silence dissent

Iran's regime jails relatives of activists to silence critics living abroad. Learn more about the regime's pattern of punishing families.
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How anyone can request government records

In the United States, anyone can use the Freedom of Information Act to find out what the government is doing and how it's doing it.
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Chinese media: Press or propagandists?

The State Department recently designated five Chinese state-run media organizations as foreign missions, recognizing that they are controlled by the CCP.
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America’s free press offers diverse views on protests

A free press allows for a respectful exchange of opinions. Find out what America's newspapers have written about recent protests.
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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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In China, you can’t say these words

The Chinese government censors newspapers, television, social media and the internet to control their citizens. Here is a list of words you can't say.
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China’s pattern of human rights abuse continues

The Chinese Communist Party continues its campaign of human rights abuse with the detention of journalists and civil rights advocates.
Ida B. Wells has been honored for her outstanding and courageous reporting on lynching in America. Read on to learn more about her work and legacy.

Ida B. Wells receives posthumous Pulitzer Prize

Ida B. Wells has been honored for her outstanding and courageous reporting on lynching in America. Read on to learn more about her work and legacy.
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Amid COVID-19, reporters still face persecution in China, Iran and Venezuela

In China, Iran and Venezuela, journalists risk imprisonment for reporting on COVID-19 and other subjects their governments consider sensitive.