Tag - press-freedom



People read newspapers at a roadside tea stall in Patna, Bihar, India. Newsrooms are being reshaped, journalists say, by India’s richest press barons, many of whom are close to the ruling party and depend on millions of advertising dollars from the government.
Feb 26, 2024
Billionaire press barons are squeezing media freedom in India
Many press barons are close to the ruling party and depend on millions of advertising dollars from the government.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's supporters demonstrate against U.S. extradition in front of the British Consulate in Barcelona on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 21, 2024
Assange absent at final hearing against extradition to U.S.
The two-day session is likely the WikiLeaks founder's last chance to fight the extradition in Britain's courts after a half-decade battle.
Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich stands inside an enclosure for defendants during a court hearing on espionage charges in Moscow on Oct. 10.
Jan 3, 2024
Remember the world’s political prisoners. One could be you.
Hostage diplomacy and arbitrary arrests by autocratic governments are a growing threat.
Media mogul Jimmy Lai, the founder of now-shuttered pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily and one of the most prominent Hong Kong critics of China's Communist Party leadership, has faced a salvo of litigation since a wave of pro-democracy demonstrations in 2019.
Dec 15, 2023
China crackdown on Hong Kong in focus as Jimmy Lai goes on trial
Media tycoon faces possible life imprisonment on charges he colluded with foreign forces, including the U.S.
Yoon Suk-yeol, then the 2022 presidential election candidate of South Korea's main opposition People Power Party, attends a news conference in Seoul in November 2021.
Nov 10, 2023
President’s war against ‘fake news’ raises alarms in South Korea
Critics say South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol is silencing journalists in the name of fighting disinformation.
Journalists and activists call for justice and protection of media workers during a rally following the killing of a radio journalist in Quezon City, Philippines, in October 2022.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Nov 5, 2023
Radio broadcaster killed in the Philippines
The Philippines is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, and their killers often go unpunished.
Reporters take cover upon hearing sirens warning of an incoming rocket attack from Gaza, in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, on Oct. 23
WORLD / Politics
Oct 31, 2023
Media reporting on Israel-Hamas war face singular challenges
Lack of access to Gaza, with both the Israeli and Egyptian access points closed, is creating difficulties journalists say they have rarely seen before.
West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts, in Hong Kong. A man in Hong Kong was sentenced to jail for importing children's books that portrayed the city's democracy supporters as sheep defending their village from wolves.
Oct 6, 2023
Hong Kong man jailed for importing 'seditious' children's books
Beijing has revived a colonial-era sedition offense to jail dozens of residents, which critics have decried as political suppression.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Press freedom in India has plummeted since Modi came to power in 2014, rights activists and opposition lawmakers say, with Reporters Without Borders warning that such freedom is "in crisis" in the country.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 4, 2023
Indian police launch sweeping raids on journalists, arresting two
Police said the raids were carried out under a stringent anti-terror law that makes it virtually impossible to get bail.
Paramilitary personnel at a security checkpoint ahead of the G20 summit in New Delhi on Sept. 8.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 3, 2023
Indian police launch raids on journalists and activists
Those raided are reported to be connected to the English-language news website NewsClick.
Sebastien Lai, son of Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, holds a sign calling for the release of his father, on the sidelines of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Sep 28, 2023
Son of jailed tycoon says it's in Hong Kong's interest to free him
Jimmy Lai is the founder of now shut pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily and a prominent critic of China's Communist Party.
Search and rescue volunteers in Derna, Libya, on Tuesday.
WORLD / Society
Sep 20, 2023
Journalists ordered out of flood-hit Libyan city after protests
An official in the administration that runs eastern Libya said that the decision to move journalists was unrelated to the protests there overnight.
Philippine journalist and Nobel laureate Maria Ressa speaks during an interview in Manila on Tuesday
Sep 15, 2023
'It's up to us': Philippines' Maria Ressa fights for press freedom
Ressa and Rappler had faced five charges of tax evasion — they were acquitted of four in January and were cleared of the final charge on Tuesday.
The incoming and outgoing presidents of Johnny & Associates, Noriyuki Higashiyama and Julie Keiko Fujishima, bow at a press conference on Sept. 7.
PODCAST / deep dive
Sep 14, 2023
Johnny’s talent agency has admitted to a past of abuse. What next?
Karin Kaneko joins the show to update us on how the story is unfolding.
Japan Times
Jul 12, 2023
China moves to strengthen management of independent content creators
A new string of measures represents strict oversight of not only tech companies and platform moderation but also what content can be posted online by independent creators.
Japan Times
Jul 6, 2023
China took her husband. She was left to uncover his secret cause.
Whether her husband was Program Think is virtually impossible to confirm. He was, however, proudly nonconformist — refusing to use social media or buy new clothes — and intensely private.
Japan Times
Jun 30, 2023
Japanese journalist denied entry into Hong Kong
Freelance journalist Yoshiaki Ogawa, known for his Hong Kong coverage, had attempted to enter the city on Thursday evening.
Japan Times
Jun 13, 2023
China orders last Indian journalist in country to leave
The departure of a Press Trust of India reporter this month will wipe India’s media presence from the world’s second-largest economy at a moment of deteriorating ties.
Japan Times
Jun 12, 2023
Their reports about a woman’s death set off a revolt. Iran put them on trial.
Two female journalists covered some of the first reports of the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody, which ignited nationwide protests against Iran’s clerical rulers.
Japan Times
Jun 6, 2023
In rare victory for media, Hong Kong court overturns conviction of journalist
A court ruled that “substantial and grave injustice” was done to Choy Yuk-ling, an investigative journalist who also goes by the name Bao Choy.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves