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Never mind the neo-fascists — democracy is the big winner in Slovakia’s latest election

By Mark A. Bonta / March 19, 2020 / Comments Off on Never mind the neo-fascists — democracy is the big winner in Slovakia’s latest election

The neo-fascists are down in Slovakia, as are the progressives, and the former ruling party.  But the anti-corruption campaigners of the upstart OLANO party have ridden a wave of popularity to a resounding victory in February’s parliamentary elections.  It all started with the murder of a journalist.  The 2018 killing of Ján Kuciak, a 28-year-old […]

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Mexican journalists are investigating the murder of one of their own

By Mark A. Bonta / September 18, 2019 / Comments Off on Mexican journalists are investigating the murder of one of their own

Up until her last day — March 23, 2017 — Miroslava Breach never compromised her ideals as a truth-telling journalist in Chihuahua, Mexico. Like over 20 other journalists in her state in recent years, she met a violent end at the hands of the criminals she profiled, paying the ultimate price for the many bombshell […]

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Mysteries persist after journalists murdered

By Mark A. Bonta / November 9, 2018 / Comments Off on Mysteries persist after journalists murdered

Months after the abduction and murder of an Ecuadorean journalist team, questions remain unanswered.  Javier Ortega, Paúl Rivas and Efraín Segarra of the Comercio daily newspaper went missing on March 26, 2018, while on assignment along the Mataje River that divides Ecuador and Colombia. The team had gone there to cover a Colombian narco-guerrilla group […]

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Journalist released in Cameroon

By Heather Bourbeau / November 9, 2018 / Comments Off on Journalist released in Cameroon

Cameroonian authorities released journalist Mimi Mefo after almost two weeks of detention over accusations of propagating false news and committing cyber crimes. Cameroon is divided between the western Anglophone regions and the eastern Francophone regions, and is in the grips of an increasingly violent separatist crisis. Mefo, who works for the privately owned broadcaster Equinoxe TV […]

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Eritrea: No refuge for the press

By Heather Bourbeau / September 4, 2018 / Comments Off on Eritrea: No refuge for the press

Eritrea is the most censored country in the world, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. (North Korea and Saudi Arabia are second and third.) On September 18, 2001, Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki (in power since 1993) banned seven independent newspapers and imprisoned 11 senior government officials. Five independent journalists arrested in 2001 may have died while in […]

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