The Listening Post

State of the media in Zuma's South Africa

Since Zuma has been in office, the country's state-owned broadcaster, SABC, has grown more and more state-controlled.


Ivory Coast arrests six journalists over 'false news'

Journalist and media owners held for 'spreading false information' about a mutiny by security forces, officials say.

Press Freedom

Pramoedya Ananta Toer: Why you should know him

One of Indonesia's greatest authors, who long fought for freedom of speech, spent most of his adult life in jail.

Press Freedom

US suit filed as journalists, lawyers face riot charges

Lawsuit against DC police alleges "indiscriminate" arrests after protests turned violent during Trump's inauguration.

Human Rights

Disappeared: Silencing Pakistan's activists

Rights groups say blasphemy allegations against disappeared activists aim to silent dissent for good.


Turkey deports New York Times journalist

Rod Nordland was sent back to London from Istanbul's Ataturk Airport as he was entering Turkey, the newspaper said.


Mahmoud Hussein: Freedom of expression is valuable

An interview with Al Jazeera's journalist before he was detained on his life and career.


Pakistan's violent cyberspace: No place for dissent

The online war against the abducted four bloggers and an activist in Pakistan continues.

by Rabia Mehmood

Middle East

South African photojournalist kidnapped in Syria

Shiraaz Mohamed taken by unidentified armed men near Turkey border while on assignment for Gift of the Givers charity.


HRW calls on Pakistan to probe bloggers' 'abduction'

Pakistani government has obligation to locate four missing activists and act to ensure their safety, rights group says.

Journalism Is Not A Crime

Egypt extends detention of Al Jazeera journalist

Al Jazeera denies the allegations against Mahmoud Hussein and calls for his immediate release.


New protests erupt in Warsaw as political crisis grows

Poles return to the streets for a second day over plans to limit reporters' access to politicians in parliament.


Thousands protest new media restrictions in Poland

Angry Warsaw residents block parliament as they rally against measures that would limit journalist access.


Journalist arrests in 2016 'at 30-year high'

Mass arrests in various countries have pushed number to 259 so far, says annual census of imprisoned journalists by CPJ.

The Listening Post

Serbia's censorship debate

Is the Serbian government using underhand censorship methods to control the media narrative, or are critics too harsh?