Press Freedom

World Press Freedom Day 2021

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Trump Justice Department secretly seized the phone records of reporters who covered investigation into ties between Russia and Trump's campaign
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Sat, 05/08/2021 - 04:00 AM
Targeted Killing in Afghanistan Seen as Reminder of Threat to Journalists  
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A former TOLO NEWS anchor in Afghanistan was gunned down on Thursday, another reminder of the risks journalists face in the country. VOA’s Azizullah Popal, Hikmat Sorosh and Jalal Mirzad has more from Afghanistan in this report narrated by Bezhan Hamdard. Produced by: Bezhan Hamdard 
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Fri, 05/07/2021 - 05:25 PM
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New political series by Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam marks further shift in public broadcaster RTHK's output, journalists and analysts say
Tommy Walker
Fri, 05/07/2021 - 01:04 AM
This screen capture from "VOA Our Voices 319: Three Decade Quest for Press Freedom" shows Gwen Lister, who co-chaired a 1991 journalism seminar in Windhoek, Namibia, whose participants produced a declaration that led to World Press Freedom Day.
Revised Windhoek Declaration promotes news media’s economic viability, media literacy training, internet companies’ transparency — and journalist safety 
Ndimyake Mwakalyelye 
Thu, 05/06/2021 - 10:07 PM
Pakistan’s Female Journalists Take On Big Issues
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They are pushing back boundaries and showing the importance of including more women’s voices in media
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Thu, 05/06/2021 - 12:53 PM
In this photo taken on January 19, 2021, an Afghan journalist, who fled from her home in central Afghanistan, uses a mobile…
Renewed assault came as battlefield hostilities between government forces and Taliban have spiked  
Ayaz Gul
Thu, 05/06/2021 - 09:53 AM
Law enforcement officers pepper spray freelance photographer Tim Evans (L) as he identifies himself a working journalist…
With more cases of journalists injured and detained covering US protests, media groups are looking at how to better protect their staff    
Maria Elena Little Endara
Wed, 05/05/2021 - 07:00 PM
A vendor arranges newspapers featuring front-page news on US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in Siliguri…
Nationalist push in India is adding to pressures for country's media, according to watchdogs and journalists
Bilal Hussain
Wed, 05/05/2021 - 12:48 PM
Journalist Katerina Borisevich sits inside a defendants' cage during a court hearing in Minsk, Belarus March 2, 2021. A…
Mass arrests over coverage of protests and contested elections shows limits for media freedom in Belarus, journalists say 
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Tue, 05/04/2021 - 02:33 PM
Bao Choy Yuk-Ling, a freelance producer with RTHK, leaves court after she was found her guilty of making false statements to obtain data for a documentary on the police's handling of a mob attack on pro-democracy protesters, in Hong Kong, April 22, 2021.
Number of writers imprisoned globally in 2020 increased, with China leading the field, PEN America says
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Tue, 05/04/2021 - 01:23 PM
Voice of Myanmar (VOM) editor-in-chief Nay Myo Lin is escorted from his home by police to court in Mandalay on March 31, 2020. …
Myanmar's military detains more than 80 journalists, blocks independent reporting as repression increases after overthrow of civilian government
Jessica Blatt
Mon, 05/03/2021 - 08:09 PM
FILE PHOTO: PKN Orlen Chief Executive Daniel Obajtek gestures during an interview in Warsaw, Poland, August 5, 2020. Picture…
Poland denies claims it is trying to tame critical media, but journalists and European watchdog say independent reporting is under a 'multipronged attack'
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Mon, 05/03/2021 - 06:38 PM
Paul Murungi, a journalist working with The New Vision newspaper is seen at his desk after he was injured following an attack by security officials, outside the United Nations Human Rights offices while on reporting duty, in Kampala, Uganda.
Two journalists say they were beaten last week as they tried to cover protest over power outages
Halima Athumani
Mon, 05/03/2021 - 01:24 PM
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During past four months, authorities have raided three media houses and arrested some 30 reporters
Mohammed Kahiye
Mon, 05/03/2021 - 12:48 PM
Protesters hold posters in support of the National Unity Government (NUG) during a demonstration against the military coup on …
Multiple journalists say the junta has made it dangerous to practice journalism in the country
Radio Free Asia
Sun, 05/02/2021 - 02:37 AM
Turkey Breaking the Silence
How Turkey smothered a free press — and made arresting its journalists a weapon

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Voice of America is committed to press freedom around the world. Many VOA journalists work in countries that restrain free speech and independent journalism. In those countries, local journalists and news media often face threats or other repercussions yet succeed in delivering news and vital information. This page strives to tell their stories.