Latest Press Freedom Features

Friday, 26 Oct 2012
China Prime Minister Wen Jiabao

The Chinese government swiftly blocked access Friday morning to the English-language and Chinese-language websites of The New York Times from computers in mainland China in response to an article in both languages describing wealth accumulated by the family of the country’s prime...

Thursday, 30 Aug 2012
Austin Tice, a freelance journalist from Texas and a former Marine has not been

IPI's Death Watch added 13 journalists to its total of 37 whose work in Syria cost them their lives in 2012. With IPI counting 93 deaths so far, the year is shaping up to be the deadliest for journalists since it started keeping records in 1997.

Friday, 15 Jun 2012
Novaya Gazeta's editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov during an interview in Moscow Oct

A rare shaft of daylight pierced the hermetically sealed world of the Kremlin with the unfolding of the bizarre case of Aleksandr Bastrykin, the head of Russia's equivalent to the FBI.  Accused of threatening to kill a Russian reporter, Bastrykin said the story was false then issued...

Thursday, 03 May 2012
World Press Freedom Day

Every year, May 3rd is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

Thursday, 13 Oct 2011
Hadi al-Mahdi, murdered in Baghdad.

Whatever its long-term impact on the cause of liberty and democracy, the Arab Spring movement has been bad news for press freedom.  To nobody's surprise, countries still cracking down on their uprisings continue, often viciously, to oppress journalists trying to cover the protests....

Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011

In a major setback for freedom of information, transparency, and accountability of government, a U.S. Federal judge has allowed the CIA to defy his own order and destroy 92 videotapes showing terrorist suspects being tortured.

Wednesday, 29 Jun 2011
Report  of the FOP Committee for June 2011

After 15 years as co-chair I am stepping down, and after 10 years on the committee, so is Jeremy Main. Between now and the end of summer a small group will work on a blueprint for the Club’s press freedom activities and will explore several ideas, among them that the chair of...

Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Wave of labor protests in Khuzestan.

Report of the OPC Freedom of the Press Committee for May 2011: During the “Arab spring,” journalists covering the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East have faced daunting challenges and physical danger. More than 450 reporters, photographers and broadcasters had been...

Wednesday, 04 May 2011
"Arab spring" uprisings

Journalists covering the ongoing "Arab spring" uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East face a daunting challenge. By the count of the CPJ, more than 450 reporters, photographers and broadcasters have been attacked, and 12 have been killed. Dozens have been arrested, and many have been...

Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011
Photojournalists Guy Martin, left, and Dominic Nahr take cover behind a wall as

A former journalism teacher in Cairo had a front row seat to the uprising as his former students gave him daily, sometimes hourly, updates from Tahrir Square via their phones and computers.