Press Freedom

The Newsroom as an Open Air Prison: Corruption and Self-Censorship in Turkish Journalism

A paper by Yavuz Baydar, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Fall 2014), and columnist, blogger, and co-founder of the Platform for Independent Journalism (P24), examines current threats to freedom of the press in Turkey. Although imprisonment of journalists has declined in Turkey, 2014…

The Health of Democracy: The Role of the Media with Alex S. Jones

A free press and public access to information and a broad range of ideas and opinions were considered so essential for a healthy democratic republic that the Founders included protection for freedom of the press in the First Amendment to…

Margaret H. Marshall: “Democracy v. the First Amendment? New Tensions in a New Age”

Richard S. Salant Lecture on Freedom of the Press with Margaret H. Marshall November 13, 2014 – Margaret Marshall, former chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, delivered the annual Salant Lecture on Freedom of the Press, where…

Slate‘s Dahlia Lithwick: Supreme Court increasingly wary of the media and Internet

October 28, 2014 — Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate and a prominent legal analyst, expressed deep concerns about the relationship between the press and the U.S. Supreme Court, noting that the Justices have become “increasingly mistrustful” of news media….

Internet has made Chinese government more accountable, public opinion more valuable, says Richburg

April 9, 2013 – Keith Richburg, Fellow at the Institute of Politics and former China correspondent for The Washington Post, said that in China, “the Internet has really changed everything, particularly the relationship between the Chinese government and the Chinese people.”

Turkish journalist predicts totalitarian regime by 2014

November 8, 2011 — Cüneyt Ülsever, a freelance journalist in Turkey, said at a Shorenstein Center event that Turkey is on an “open path” headed toward the “rule of one man: Erdoğan.” Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the current Prime Minister of…

David Sanger defends Times’ decision to publish WikiLeaks

March 8, 2011 — David Sanger said he would “hardly argue that WikiLeaks was the cause of the uprisings” in the Middle East, “but it may have been one of the triggering events.” At a Shorenstein Center event entitled “From…