Ali Aalaei, an editor at Iran’s Etemaad daily, recalls how he tried to publish a story about a dissident arrested in 2009 only to have it pulled from the paper by editors who didn’t want to alienate the censors. Last month, “we put him on our cover.”
The Law Society of Kenya criticized the country’s police chief for threatening to arrest journalists after they reported security personnel looted shops during a siege on a shopping mall in the capital last month.
Put aside the politics, and the question of who-knew-what-when. There are two policy problems highlighted by the controversies at the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice. The first is the growth of 501(c)(4) groups into vehicles for anonymous and unlimited political spending. The second is the Barack Obama administration’s overzealous prosecution of leaks.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey leads the world in jailing reporters and is engaged in “one of the biggest crackdowns on press freedom in recent history,” the Committee to Protect Journalists said.
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza promulgated a new media law that the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders have said will restrict press freedoms in the East African nation.