Don’t Let Leaders Use the Coronavirus as an Excuse to Violate Civil Liberties
Today’s emergency measures could become tomorrow’s trampling of free speech.
Democracy in Iraq Depends on Press Freedom
Amid a heavy-handed crackdown on protesters, the international community must help Iraqi journalists maintain the free flow of information.
It’s Not Just Elephants That Are Under Attack in Botswana
The country’s government is rolling back wildlife protections and endangering media freedom and the rule of law.
In Hong Kong, the Freedom to Publish Is Under Attack
If the extradition law is eventually forced through the Hong Kong legislature, censorship of books will become commonplace in what has long been a bastion of publishing freedom.
Australia Is Undermining the Freedom of Its Press
A raid on the national broadcaster is a sign of how the recently reelected conservative government intends to rule.
Document of the Week: Facebook Disappoints Authorities—Again
The doctored Nancy Pelosi video hardly marks the first time the social media giant has faced backlash. Consider Germany in 2015.
Poland’s Government Is Systematically Silencing Opposition Voices
Adam Michnik was a hero of the anti-communist struggle. Now his renowned newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, is under attack from a ruling party that refuses to tolerate dissent.
The World’s Worst Country for Journalists
Turkmenistan is so repressive it is even worse than in Soviet times, says editor Ruslan Myatiev.
Press Freedom is Receding Worldwide
The latest World Press Freedom Index indicates the United States and other large democracies are reaching a tipping point.
Freedom of Religion Doesn’t Cut It
The United States is committed to protecting freedom of expression abroad—but in far too narrow terms.
Can Zuzana Caputova Save Slovakia?
A political newcomer is poised to become president by standing up for liberal democratic values—and seeking to halt the spread of right-wing populism across Central and Eastern Europe.
Journalists Are Living in Fear in Republika Srpska
Bosnia has a thriving media sector, but those who refuse to become mouthpieces for the government increasingly find themselves in exile or under police protection.
Shhh! Belarus Wants You to Think It’s Turning Over a New Leaf
Minsk’s muddled media clampdown could jeopardize warming of relations with the West.
Hunger Strike Gains Momentum in Azerbaijan
Seeing Baku as a strategic partner, the United States and Europe overlook rights violations.
Morocco’s Crackdown Won’t Silence Dissent
Across the country, protesters are increasingly willing to criticize the government and the monarchy—even in the face of repression.
How an Internet Impostor Exposed the Underbelly of the Czech Media
When politicians own the press, trolls have the last laugh.
Trump’s Divisive Speech Puts the First Amendment at Risk
Americans’ commitment to unfettered free speech is starting to fray. If Trump can’t control his words, those around him have a responsibility to keep hate speech in check.
Jamal Khashoggi Had Skin in the Game. The Crown Prince’s Cheerleaders Didn’t.
Too often, Westerners treat courageous local experts like pawns in a political game. The journalist’s murder should serve as a reminder that, for some, writing an op-ed is a deadly risk.