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Best Defense is in summer reruns. Here is an item that originally ran on October 30, 2015.


The Tragic Downfall of British Media

How did the country that produced the BBC and the Economist fail so spectacularly at journalism in the lead up to Brexit?


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As Elections Loom, There’s a Crisis at South Africa’s Public Broadcaster

Critics warn that the state broadcasting company is currying favor with the ruling party — at the cost of journalistic objectivity.


After Threatening Journalists, Filipino President-Elect Bans Them from Inauguration

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is banning all independent media from attending his inauguration.


The World’s Most Famous Dissident Journalist Returns to the Fight

Azerbaijan’s authoritarian rulers defamed, threatened, and jailed their country’s most stubborn journalist. But Khadija Ismayilova doesn’t know when to quit.


President-Elect of Philippines: Most Murdered Journalists Deserved to Die

The president-elect of the Philippines does not seem enthusiastic to protect journalists.


The Silencing of Japan’s Free Press

Under the heavy hand of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s media is being forced to toe the government line. Or else.

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