A Nobel for Journalists Is a Direct Challenge to Authoritarians
Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov’s award will make leaders like Duterte and Putin think twice before attacking reporters—but only if democratic governments bolster the free press.
Buhari’s Authoritarian Twitter Ban Continues to Silence Nigerians
Meanwhile, Nigeria teeters on the path to failed statehood.
Facebook’s Taliban Ban Will Prove Costly for Afghans
Why the tech giant is on the wrong side of history yet again.
The Tragic Fate of Afghanistan’s Journalists
Many are fleeing or in hiding. Women, some locked out of their outlets, are in particular danger.
Kazakhstan’s Alternative Media Is Thriving—and in Danger
A vibrant society is under threat from the authoritarian government.
China Fires Back at Biden With Conspiracy Theories About Maryland Lab
Since Washington launched the Wuhan lab leak investigation, Beijing has been pushing bizarre narratives.
Lina Khan Has Her Own Antitrust Paradox
As the Federal Trade Commission chair, the best thing she can do to regulate tech is nothing.
The Shocking Enormity of Russia’s Botched Pandemic Response
A massive third wave is spreading unchecked, anti-vaxxers are rampant, and the Kremlin’s vaccine diplomacy has failed.
In Slovenia, a Trumpian Populist Assumes a Key European Post
Janez Jansa is increasingly seen as one of the continent’s most illiberal leaders.
Is India Spilling Its State Secrets?
The government is declassifying some archives, but it will retain control of public understanding.
The Lab Leak Theory Doesn’t Hold Up
The rush to find a conspiracy around the COVID-19 pandemic’s origins is driven by narrative, not evidence.
The Sneaky Conservatism of China’s Feminist Dramas
As Beijing limits women’s choices, ta shidai television shows soothe without offering real change.
Nigeria’s Twitter Ban Has a Lesson for Big Tech
The social media company faces tough questions in talks with the government to restore access to 40 million users.
Nigeria’s Twitter Ban Is Another Sign Dictatorship Is Back
A hasty and extralegal restriction has been imposed by an increasingly tyrannical president.
Twitter’s Presence in Africa Won’t End Internet Censorship
Big Tech companies see an opportunity for growth on the continent, but they risk becoming accessories to authoritarian regimes.