Press Freedom

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American journalist’s ‘crime’ was writing about everyday life in Iran

Iran imprisoned Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian for 18 months on spying charges. His memoir tells the story of a terrifying ordeal.
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5 ways the Cuban revolution has failed the people of Cuba

The Cuban Communist Party has failed to deliver on the promises of the revolution that ushered it into power 60 years ago.
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Iran has jailed 1.7 million in Tehran region, report says

As Iran's revolutionary leaders mark their 40th anniversary, a new report reveals four decades of the regime's lies and its abuses of Iranian citizens.
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40 years of broken promises in Iran [video]

In 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini promised to improve the lives of Iranian citizens. Instead, Iran’s corrupt regime has delivered 40 years of failure.
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‘Climate of intimidation’ exists in Chechnya, fact-finding mission concludes

The Russian government has “not lived up to its responsibilities” to address the “grave situation” in Chechnya, a new report says.
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Uighur families pay price for relatives’ U.S.-based reporting

Radio Free Asia has told the world about China's mass detentions of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities. Its reporters say their kin are paying a price.
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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.