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Russia targets Ukraine with disinformation campaign

Russia's state media continue to publish stories that they know are untrue. Find out how one story in Ukraine was distorted.
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Russia’s leaders use state media as a political weapon

Russia's state-owned media remain loyal to the government and stifle opposing views. The outlets spread disinformation about other nations.
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Supporting independent journalism in Europe

Meet some reporters in Serbia, Armenia and Georgia who inform their communities and build a tradition of journalistic independence.
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Biden kicks off Summit for Democracy with ambitious new initiatives

In a first-of-its-kind virtual event, President Biden convened world leaders to find ways to bolster democracy and unveiled new U.S. plans.
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Nonprofit journalism is booming in the U.S. Here’s why.

American startup culture drives the growth in nonprofit news, which provides investigative information often unavailable commercially.
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Nicaragua’s elections: Neither free nor fair

On November 7, the Ortega regime used coercion, scare tactics and cronyism to declare itself the winner of sham elections.
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Summit for Democracy: Galvanizing hope and action

President Biden will host the Summit for Democracy, a virtual event with governments, civil society and private sector groups, December 9–10.
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Almost 2,000 journalists have been killed since the 1990s

Increasingly, journalists put their own safety at risk to report the news. Find out why they do it and how you can advocate for them.
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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.