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Janine di Giovanni in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in January 2010.

The First Draft of History

Why the decline of foreign reporting makes for worse foreign policy.

Supporters and employees of Philippine broadcast network ABS-CBN protest against government attacks on press freedom, in Manila on Feb. 21, 2020.

How Press Freedom Came Under Attack in 2020

Citizens hungry for information turned to the media during the pandemic, but governments around the world used the crisis to restrict journalists.

Philippine journalist Maria Ressa (C), is escorted by police after an arrest warrant was served, shortly after arriving at the international airport in Manila on March 29, 2019.

Biden Must Restore America’s Reputation as a Beacon of Press Freedom

After four years of hostility to journalists and a free press, the United States must repair the damage Trump has done at home and abroad.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is surrounded by supporters while visiting  Brasilia on Aug. 23, 2020.

Tackling Disinformation in Brazil

Journalist Patrícia Campos Mello has faced some of the worst disinformation campaigns in Brazil. Now she’s raising awareness to fight back.

Indian Supreme Court lawyer and anti-corruption activist Prashant Bhushan gestures as he speaks during a public talk.

Cracking Down on Activists for Their Tweets Isn’t New

The lawyer Prashant Bhushan’s arrest and detention for posting tweets critical of the Indian government is part of a wider global trend.

Kaneez Sughra, the wife of abducted Pakistani journalist Matiullah Jan, displays a photograph of her husband on her mobile phone next to her son in Islamabad on July 21.

No, Mr. Prime Minister, Pakistan Does Not Have a Free Press

Imran Khan claims there’s nothing wrong. Abductions and terror say otherwise.

Civil Rights activists carrying “I Am a Man” placards are blocked by National Guardsmen during a protest in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968.

Our Top Weekend Reads

America’s founders missed an opportunity to abolish slavery, attacks on the press are increasing in democratic societies, and Trump’s maximum pressure campaign against Iran isn’t working.

Media at Minneapolis Protest

Attacks on the Press Track a Democratic Backslide

As press freedom declines globally, the United States must reckon with its own diminishment.

Police clear a footpath as protesters gather in Hong Kong

How to Watch for Freedom Disappearing in Hong Kong

The national security law is just the start of oppression.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

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.

Mourners carry the coffin of a demonstrator killed during protests in Najaf, Iraq, on Dec. 7.

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.

A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Gaborone, Botswana, on Oct. 24, 2014.

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.

A general view shows Harcourt Road after it was cleared in Hong Kong early on June 22 after protests on June 21.

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.

Acting Australian Federal Police Commissioner Neil Gaughan speaks to the media in Canberra on June 6.

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.

Adam Michnik, a prominent communist-era dissident who is now editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's leading liberal newspaper, is pictured in his newspaper's office on Feb. 23, 2018 in Warsaw.

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.

Turkmen service members take part in a military parade in central Ashgabat on Sept. 27, 2018, on the 27th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s independence.

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.

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