Free Enough? Apr30

Free Enough?

When Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy won 43 seats in the Myanmar parliamentary by-election on April 1, the streets of Yangon erupted in celebration. “It was a wild party,” says NPR correspondent Anthony Kuhn, who traveled to Myanmar from Indonesia to cover the...

The Long View on Kony

In 1997, journalist Elizabeth Rubin went to Acholiland, in northern Uganda, to investigate atrocities committed by a notoriously ruthless gang of guerrillas, the Lord’s Resistance Army. She spent five weeks talking with a Catholic school nun whose female students were seized in a nighttime raid by the LRA, with some of the students who survived that ordeal, and with former child soldiers and families of children kidnapped by the LRA leader, Joseph Kony, who, like the other residents of the region, is an ethnic Acholi. Rubin’s gripping story about Kony, the LRA and children recruited to fight for it spread across nine pages of the...

Kenya Media Invasion Apr22

Kenya Media Invasion

  Global state-funded television news channels like Al Jazeera, China’s CCTV and RT (formerly Russia Today) have proliferated in recent years — and now they’re expanding, with a host of new services that tailor the news to local interests. Al Jazeera, for example, has hired close to 200 people for an all-Turkish channel. RT now offers Spanish-language reports. And at CCTV, programs that debuted early this year include “Biz Asia America,” a daily business show targeted at the U.S., and “Americas Now,” a weekly newsmagazine for Latin America. But one of the busiest new markets for the global...

Hamas-Fatah divide i...

The political fracturing in Gaza and the West Bank, with Hamas and Fatah competing for power, has spread to other institutions – including journalism. This divide has made it extremely difficult for local journalists to report local news and Palestinians are now increasingly looking for...

Ahmed Rashid on Covering the Taliban Apr10

Ahmed Rashid on Covering the Taliban

Pakistani journalist and author Ahmed Rashid has covered conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan for more than 30 years. He describes Pakistan’s media today and the severe dangers that the country’s journalists face in reporting the news. Produced for Columbia News Tonight. Céleste Owen-Jones is a student at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She can be reached on Twitter (@CelesteOJ).