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Egypt wants to silence Peter Greste, but you can listen to him here

Australian journalist Peter Greste has been imprisoned for seven years for spreading “false news”. See for yourself the evidence on which he was convicted.

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East Timor elites try to muzzle media

East Timor’s authorities want to restrict the media — making a mockery of freedom of speech in the country. Jose Belo, East Timorese journalist and director of Tempo Semanal, explains.

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Zimbabwe elections, where ghosts vote and Facebook rules

Zimbabwe heads to the polls today — but the iron grip of Robert Mugabe, and the passive state-controlled media, is feeding fears the election will not be fair. Some are fighting back.

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Tear gas v Twitter: a Turkish protester tells his story

Turks have taken to the streets in protest against their Islamist Prime Minister. An Australian who joined them in Istanbul last weekend, Erinch Sahan, explains why he did so — and why you won’t hear about in the Turkish media.

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Reporters as ‘co-conspirators’ in Obama’s war on journalism

The Obama administration is engaged in a war on investigative journalism, backed by national security laws. The internet may free up information, but it also aids government surveillance.

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Journos in the dock: the real threat to press freedom?

There’s a trend towards journalists being taken to court for refusing to give up their sources. Freelance journalist Sally Whyte looks at some recent cases and asks what the effect is on investigative journalism and media freedom.

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The Independent | JOURNALISM|

The tragic price of a free press

The death of captured Afghani reporter Sultan Munadi in a military raid that rescued his British colleague, highlights the high price overseas journalists often pay to give Western readers access to detailed and accurate news stories.

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Reporters Without Borders | JOURNALISM|

Iranian election coverage lacks independence

With at least 15 journalists threatened or summoned for questioning, Reporters Without Borders has condemned the lack of balanced and independent electoral coverage leading up to Iran’s election.

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Media freedom hampered by media irresponsibility

An audit of the freedom of information available to the Australian media, released today, makes a powerful argument that free speech in Australia is being subtly whittled away, writes Denis Muller.

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Media freedom: Where do Liberal and Labor stand?

The Prime Minister has hinted that during the campaign he will release a couple of modest reforms in order to free up restrictions on journalists and increase the public’s access to information. So what would the Coalition need to do to match what the ALP is now touting as policy? Andrew Dodd reports.

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The West takes the public for fools over public interest

The West Australian got fundamental facts wrong in a story about the hospital system and refused to correct. Their defence? You guessed it – writing stories about inadequate health services is in the “public interest” and this means that the errors “were immaterial to the issue”, writes Margaret Simons.

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