110 journalists died to keep us informed in 2015

Reporters without Borders have published the figures for journalists targetted in the line of duty this past year: no fewer than 110 were killed in 2015, bringing the total for the past decade to 787. Producing the annual round-up of acts of violence against journalists has been a key aspect of the organization’s work for… Continue reading

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US folksinger deemed threat to national security

Under the US Freedom of Information Act, a massive file on folksinger Pete Seeger has been released to the Mother Jones news website. It documents that the FBI spied on the composer of such classic songs as ‘Where Have All the Flowers Gone?’ for over two decades. The campaigning musician first caught the attention of … Continue reading

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UK celebrities criticize British government’s refugee stance

The British actress Samantha Morton has spoken out in support of action taken by her colleague, Benedict Cumberbatch, to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and the lack of appropriate response on the part of the UK government. After the curtain call following each performance of Hamlet  at the Barbican in London, Cumberbatch has… Continue reading

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Media Freedom Under Threat in Turkey

Turkish journalists say they are experiencing one of the worst media crackdowns in the history of the republic. Newspapers close to the president have fired journalists who have written critical articles about President Erdogan or the policies of his government, and there have been raids on the offices of media outlets supporting the opposition. The… Continue reading

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The Jon Stewart Legacy

After 16 years behind the desk and in front of the cameras of the Daily Show, comedian and political satirist Jon Stewart has left the set. His final programme was star-studded, with tributes and digs in the ribs from celebrities, former collaborators, and leading politicians such as past and present foreign ministers Hillary Clinton and… Continue reading

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