The death of the political cartoon

A pillar of journalism is being destroyed by oppressive governments, online mobs and profit-oriented media moguls.

Patrick Gathara

by Patrick Gathara

Patrick Gathara


How authorities shut down the internet

Sudan's internet blackout has gained global attention, but it is not unique. Shutdowns are on the rise around the world.

Internet blackouts: The rise of government-imposed shutdowns

The Listening Post

Sudan protests: How the country became a 'dark spot' for media

Sudan's security forces lead crackdown on social media and information after political transition turns violent.

Talk to Al Jazeera

UN investigator David Kaye: Break up Facebook, Google

David Kaye, UN special rapporteur for freedom of expression, on the state of free speech and policing the internet.


Free speech concerns in Bangladesh as writers, activist arrested

Three arrests in a week once again raise fears of crackdown on freedom of expression in the country and draw criticism.

Free speech concerns in Bangladesh as writers, activist arrested

The Listening Post

Sri Lanka Easter bombings: Was the social media ban necessary?

Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube were among the platforms blocked by the government after the killing of over 250 people.


How are Tiananmen Square protests remembered?

The 1989 demonstrations and military crackdown are one of the most censored topics on China's internet.

How are Tiananmen Square protests remembered?

The Listening Post

Bouteflika protests: Algeria's shifting media space

Are shifts in media coverage a sign that this is really the beginning of the end of Bouteflika's 20-year rule?

Counting the Cost

World wide web at 30: What's next for the web?

World wide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee discusses censorship, data privacy and the state of the internet today.

The Listening Post

The media battle of Algiers

Following weeks of protests in Algeria, cracks in the official media narrative show. Plus, the world of advertising.


Russia's internet control bill triggers protests

Protesters in Moscow rally against a proposed law they say will threaten internet freedom.

101 East

Thailand's Rebel Artists

101 East meets Thailand's artists who are fighting back against censorship and military rule.

Head to Head

Is Bangladesh a one-party state?

Gowher Rizvi, international affairs adviser to the PM of Bangladesh, discusses the state of the country's democracy.

Social media

Is there a war on truth? Conversation with Maria Ressa

Renowned journalist, a TIME magazine 'Person of the Year', joins The Stream to discuss her fight for press freedom.

Is there a war on truth? Conversation with Maria Ressa

The Listening Post

Documenting the Troubles: Journalism and justice in N Ireland

While the conflict is formally over, unsolved killings left in its wake have kept the Troubles alive in the media.