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Global Media Matters

Thoughts, trends and updates from the world of U.S. global media

The time to end impunity for crimes against journalists is now

Journalists are not criminals, they provide a public good. Reporters expose corruption, provide life-saving information and uncover the truth when those in power try to hide it. High-quality journalism democratizes the world as much as it informs it.

A trend that harms us all

Grant Turner

Alisher’s murder sent a clear message: journalists who write critically about the government will not be tolerated. But what happened after his murder is equally chilling.

Worth of A Girl

Amanda Bennett

In celebration of International Day of the Girl Child, VOA Director Amanda Bennett discusses the network's project “Worth of A Girl,” which takes a look at how being a child bride affects girls from around the world.

Press freedom challenges continue in Central Asia

Jamie Fly

On my first trip as RFE/RL president, I chose to visit our bureaus in Central Asia, the “stans” that are unknown to many Western audiences, but which constitute a region of immense journalistic importance – and challenge – for RFE/RL. Our services in this vital region are among the only independent voices in media environments dominated by government-run media and increasingly subject to Russian and Chinese influence. Our services play a critical role, not just through the news and information they provide to millions in the region, but also in creating space in each national media ecosystem for other independent media to operate.

Countering Chinese Censorship

Laura Cunningham

Today, over two thirds of the world’s population lives in a country where internet access is restricted, and repressive regimes are investing more than ever before in censorship and surveillance technology. This is especially true in China, home to both the world’s largest online population and, in many ways, the most censored internet.

Reflections on Ethiopia’s Reforms: The Free Media in a Budding Democracy

Derese G Kassa (Ph.D.)

The Voice of America and its Horn of Africa service, with languages in Amharic, Afaan Oromo, and Tigrigna occupy a special place in the history of media reporting and analysis on Ethiopia and the Horn region. Amharic, launched as the first of the three languages in September of 1982, was one of the few independent sources of news reporting and media analysis during the Derg regime (1974-91.) In July of 1996, Afaan Oromo and Tigrigna followed, allowing broader coverage and wider reach to Ethiopians, and Eritreans, from all walks of life. VOA, noted for its credible and balanced analysis through the years continues to cement itself as one of the most trusted sources of news in the region.

Pakistan and Information Warfare

Dr. Haroon Ullah

Pakistan recently saw a political upheaval with the election of cricketer-turned-politician, Imran Khan’s party rise to power. PTI or Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s win is exceptional not only because of its charismatic leader, but mainly because it is the first time in decades that the alternating governments between Bhutto’s party and Sharif’s party have been sidelined. Khan is being hailed (and claimed by some to have been instated) by the military as the leader the country has been waiting for since its founder, Mr. Jinnah. With elaborate military ceremonies in honor of the new Prime Minister and cheering uniformed officers, Pakistan has indeed entered a new era – or has it?