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A Grand Year for Free Speech

Gaddafi’s death just one indicator of the global surge in free expression

Not since the disintegration of the Soviet Union have so many opponents of free expression quickly fallen from executive power.... More

A Look at the Arab Blogosphere

Birth pangs of a new Middle East?

Many of the estimated 35,000 bloggers in the Arab world have carved out reputations as online watchdogs on governments, in... More

Arab Spring to Arab Summer

World Conference showcases science journalism in Middle East

Doha, Qatar—The Arab Spring that toppled governments in North Africa and the Middle East turned into an Arab summer for... More

Growing Science in the Desert

Several Middle Eastern countries are pouring money into research; will it work?

Doha, Qatar—“Water flows uphill toward money and power,” said hydrologist Tony Allan, citing a political truism during a talk here... More

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In Egypt, new newspapers and old problems

Citizens need good journalism to explain confusing times, but many Egyptians don’t trust their media

CAIRO, EGYPT — Egyptian newsstands today offer a lively range of options, including three government-owned papers, papers affiliated with political... More

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In Libya, new media freedom is uncertain

A post-Qaddafi abundance of independent news has been followed by violence against journalists

The post-revolutionary euphoria that followed Libya's 2011 uprising against dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi spawned dozens of new media outlets--at least 69,... More

In Singapore, Social Media Aids Another Political Shift

This past weekend was a historic one for Singapore, the small southeast Asian city-state that often escapes the attention of... More

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In the Egypt Independent’s closure, an end of a beginning

The paper was a symbol of Egypt’s new freedom of the press, which appears to be diminishing

Like many things in Egypt these days, the fight to save the Egypt Independent from termination went viral almost instantly.... More

Lawrence Pintak on the Arab Media Revolution: A CJR Podcast

“Autocratic Arab governments have long controlled news and information with an iron hand, writes Lawrence Pintak in the cover story... More

Libya and the Arab Street

What do ordinary Arabs think? Let’s ask them

On Wednesday, I went to hear Ayman Mohyeldin, the Cairo correspondent for Al Jazeera English, speak at the office of... More

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Post-Arab Spring, citizen journalists struggle

Bloggers and activists met to discuss free speech crackdowns across the region

AMMAN, Jordan--Three years have passed since the Arab Spring, when popular uprisings broke out against authoritarian governments across the Middle... More

Story on Tiny Country A Giant Failure

60 Minutes whiffs on recent story about Qatar

A recent 60 Minutes segment on the nation of Qatar was the most imprecise piece of journalism I can remember... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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