Press Freedom Research

Exporting the First Amendment: Strengthening U.S. Soft Power through Journalism

December 14, 2015, 12:00 pm
By David Ensor

A paper by David Ensor, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (fall 2015) and former director of the Voice of America (VOA), makes the case for protecting and strengthening VOA as an independent journalistic voice in order to increase American soft power. VOA’s…

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

March 7, 2015, 11:02 am
By Yavuz Baydar

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…

From Natural Disaster and Social Crisis to Great Success of the Olympic Games: Transparent Governance and Foreign Correspondents in China in 2008

January 1, 2011, 2:10 pm
By Steven Guanpeng Dong

A paper by Steven Guanpeng Dong, spring 2010 fellow, takes an in‐depth look at the media policy that altered events that happened in China in 2008 and the impact these events had on the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist…

Confusion, Contradiction and Irony: The Iraqi Media in 2010

April 25, 2010, 3:48 pm
By Deborah Amos

Deborah Amos Shorenstein Center Goldsmith Fellow, Spring 2010 Correspondent, National Public Radio Read the full paper (PDF). Excerpt Abstract After the fall of Baghdad on April 9, 2003, Iraq’s news media environment transformed almost overnight from the tightly controlled propaganda…

Mugabe’s Media War: How New Media Help Zimbabwean Journalists Tell Their Story

February 1, 2009, 2:40 pm
By Sandra Nyaira

A paper by Sandra Nyaira, fall 2008 fellow, analyzes efforts to keep Zimbabweans informed in the wake of the collapse of the country’s media landscape – a part of the ZANU‐PF government’s violent campaign to remain in office. Without private…

From VietNet to VietNam Net: Ten Years of Electronic Media in Vietnam

January 1, 2008, 3:32 pm
By Nguyễn Anh Tuấn

A paper by Nguyễn Anh Tuấn, fall 2007 fellow, tells the story VietNamNet, Vietnam’s most popular online media outlet and one of the country’s most respected news publications. Although private news outlets are not yet legal—all newspapers are controlled by…

Mainstream Newspaper Coverage: A Barometer of Government Tolerance for Anti-Regime Expression in Authoritarian Brazil

October 1, 2007, 4:34 pm
By Elizabeth A. Stein

A paper by Elizabeth A. Stein, spring 2007 fellow, evaluates the theory that in authoritarian regimes, leaders of civil society follow the mainstream press not so much for the specific information it provides, but rather as a barometer for the…

Secrets about Secrets: The Backstage Conversations between Press and Government

March 1, 2007, 4:33 pm
By Allan M. Siegal

A paper by Allan M. Siegal, fall 2006 fellow, argues that while mainstream journalists almost uniformly advocate self-restraint on sensitive intelligence and military secrets, press and government are clearly unable to agree on definitions of “sensitive.” This paper examines vetting…

The Role of Georgia’s Media — and Western Aid — in the Rose Revolution

January 1, 2006, 3:23 pm
By David Anable

A paper by David Anable, fall 2005 fellow, examines the role of the Georgian media in the country’s Rose Revolution and the impact that Western media development aid played in enabling this to occur. It also looks at what has…