Press Freedom

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U.S., partners urge Burma’s military to release journalists

The United States and international partners are calling for the release of journalists and others unjustly detained in Burma after a military coup.
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Report: Governments target critics during COVID-19

Authoritarian governments are using the COVID-19 pandemic to justify restrictions on speech and punishments against critics, Human Rights Watch says.
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Why freedom of the press is important [video]

Free and independent journalism helps advance democratic societies. Learn more about how the United States protects press freedom.
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How do journalists win Pulitzers?

Pulitzer Prizes recognize impactful American journalism, whether it's in the form of words, cartoons, photos or the spoken word. Learn why that matters.
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Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela strike out against free speech

The authoritarian regimes in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela are cracking down on their citizens' freedoms of speech and of the press.
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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.
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Democracies condemn Beijing’s continued crackdown in Hong Kong

Beijing's crackdown on democracy continues with the disqualification of several pro-democracy lawmakers from the Hong Kong legislature.
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The truth behind China’s forced confessions

The Chinese Communist Party coerces confessions from critics and human rights activists and then publicizes the confessions for propaganda.
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As fraudulent election nears, Maduro cracks down on journalists

In the past six weeks, the illegitimate Maduro regime in Venezuela has detained more journalists and editors for publishing and investigating the truth.