Democracy Has No Ideal Form

28 June, 2018 / By Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg (This is the fifth of a series of columns on economic growth and the challenges to democracy. Read the other parts here: The Democracy Dividend: Faster Growth;  Hardliners Learn That Democracy Can Pay Off; Central Bankers Shouldn’t Have to Rescue Democracy; Democracy’s Dividend Is the Right Kind of Growth.) According to the Economist…

‘Downright stupid, smacking of hypocrisy’ – RT’s Paula Slier on ban from OSCE conference in Ukraine

27 June, 2018 / By RT The irony is glaring: Kiev government banning journalists from attending a conference on freedom of speech. If the Ukrainians don’t see the problem, they need more than a conference to appreciate what press freedom is all about. I write this sitting in the departure lounge of Boryspil airport in…

2018 Press Freedom Index: Documenting the Decline of Democracy

26 June, 2018 / by Fair Observer n this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Rebecca Vincent, UK bureau director for Reporters Without Borders. Reporters Without Borders, known internationally as Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), recently launched its 2018 Press Freedom Index that chronicles the decline of press freedom worldwide. It shows that journalists are operating in…

The World Cup of Press Freedom

26 June, 2018 / By Christophe Deloire, Project Syndicate Russia today has more reporters behind bars than at any time since the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991. With Russia under the spotlight as the host of soccer’s quadrennial global tournament, the international community has a rare opportunity to push President Vladimir Putin to end his…

Russia’s OSCE envoy blasts Kiev’s entry ban for journalists More: http://tass.com/politics/1010993

26 June, 2018 / By TASS Russia’s envoy to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Alexander Lukashevich has condemned Ukraine’s entry ban for Russian reporter Yevgeny Primakov and RT’s correspondent Paula Slier. “We strongly condemn the deportation of reporters working for Russian mass media outlets, Primakov (VGTRK) and RT (Slier), who flew to…

UNESCO report focuses on trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development

25 June, 2018 / By Dev Discourse UNESCO’s report on World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development was the focus of a lively discussion at the annual conference of the International Association of Media and Communication Research, held in Oregon, USA, last week. Six academics from six countries compared the report’s global trends to those…

Dictatorship Redux: The CDC –led Government Clamp Down on the Media—Christopher Selle and Patrick Honnah’s Punch FM and TV Targeted

20 June, 2018 / By Moses Uneh Yahmia The threat on the life of Journalist Johnathan Paye-Layleh of the BBC for asking President Weah about his commitment to implement the TRC Report was not enough to demonstrate that the government of George Manneh Weah has exhibited a symptom of the reincarnation of a monstrous tyranny…

El Consejo de Medios, la otra propuesta de TV que deberá cumplir Pedro Sánchez

15 June, 2018 / By @Juanmafdez,  El Español Desde la campaña electoral, el ahora presidente del Gobierno, Pedro Sánchez, siempre tuvo muy claro cuál era el modelo que quería para RTVE. De hecho, en su pacto con Ciudadanos, uno de los puntos era modificar el nombramiento de los miembros del Consejo de RTVE. Pero no era la única medida…

RSF Launches Paris Campaign Denouncing Russian Freedom of Press Repression

14 June, 2018 / By Latinamerican Herald Tribune The French-based, international Non-Government-Organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) organized on Wednesday a street campaign in Paris to draw attention on the Russian government’s freedom of the press track record under the slogan “During the World Cup, the repression continues.” On the eve of the start of the…

UNESCO chairs roundtable on Press Freedom

13 June, 2018 / by devdiscourse Editors and publishers have painted a challenging picture for the industry, which they attribute to severe political, criminal and other threats. This was the takeaway of a roundtable on Press Freedom, chaired by UNESCO’s director for freedom of expression and media development, Guy Berger. It was part of the…