Press freedom

At Paris’ Maison des Journalistes, threatened journalists can stay and receive aid for up to 8 months

At Maison des Journalistes in Paris, journalists who receive threats for their work can seek refuge and receive aid. Maison des Journalistes will offer aid for up to eight months, and will help journalists apply for asylum and seek work. Maison des Journalistes in Paris opened in 2002 and is the only such refuge for […]

Arrest of Vice reporters highlights Turkey’s crackdown on media and Internet freedoms

Two Vice News reporters were released from a Turkish prison earlier this week, but Michael Pizzi writes that their arrests highlight a larger trend in Turkey of using terrorism as a reason to crack down on media and Internet freedoms. Pizzi writes that the two journalists were arrested because their Iraqi “fixer” downloaded encryption software […]

Turkey charges two British Vice News journalists with aiding a terrorist group

Two British journalists and their local “fixer” have been charged with aiding an unidentified terrorist group in Turkey. Jake Hanrahan, Philip Pendlebury and a local journalist who serves as a translator and guide have been detained in southeast Turkey since Thursday evening. Amnesty International UK called for the release of the journalists: “The decision to […]

Italian journalists receive death threats after reporting on local crime boss’ funeral

After reporting on the funeral of local crime boss Vittorio Casamonica in Rome, two Italian journalists have received death threats. Both journalists were approached by local residents who threatened them. The second attack involved a camera crew from a public TV station who were told they would be killed if they didn’t stop filming. The […]

How the ‘right to be forgotten’ could come to the US

The “right to be forgotten” could soon come to the United States, good news for teenagers who want to erase embarrassing history from the Internet but it could affect whether publishers’ content appears in Google search results. In the U.K.,BBC is keeping a record of the pages Google has removed from its results “as a […]

Photojournalist’s death in Mexico City underscores the growing danger of being a journalist in Mexico

Journalists in Mexico are mourning the death of photojournalist Ruben Espinosa who was shot to death with four other women in Mexico City on Sunday. Espinosa had fled the state of Veracruz for Mexico City seeking security, and some say his death has shattered the idea that Mexico City could be a safe haven for […]

Following the launch of its Arabic edition, Huffington Post promises to protect its contributors

Huffington Post’s new Arabic language edition called HuffPost Arabi will cover a particularly dangerous area for journalists, but Arianna Huffington says the organization will protect its contributors to the Arabic edition. Huffington Post will provide legal support and coverage on the Huffington Post for any contributors who are persecuted due to opinions published on the […]

Ahead of a visit from President Obama, Ethiopia releases 5 imprisoned journalists

Three imprisoned journalists were released on Wednesday and charges were dropped against two others on Thursday in Ethiopia ahead of a historic visit from President Barack Obama later this month. President Obama will become the first sitting U.S. leader to visit Ethiopia, which is often criticized by human rights groups for its poor track record […]

New law in Spain could fine publishers of content deemed ‘damaging’ to Spain’s police

Under a new law in Spain, publishers of pictures, video and other content deemed “damaging” to Spain’s police and security forces could be fined up to 30,000 Euro ($34,000). Marc Herman says the law does not appear to be targeted to international media, but will affect how local media address Spain’s police force. Elsa Gonzalez, […]

BBC listing its pages removed from Google as part of Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten’ law

In response to the European Union’s “right to be forgotten” law, which allows people to request that Google and other Internet companies remove “outdated” or “irrelevant” links from its results, BBC is listing its pages removed from Google on its website “as a contribution to public policy.” The pages removed by Google can still be […]