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April 2014

The Crimea crisis – a timeline

The Crimean peninsula shares a long history with Russia. Annexed during the reign of Catherine the Great in 1783, it was part of Russia until 1954 when former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev transferred it to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.

Russian troops spur fears of annexation effort in Moldova

Moldovans worry that a Russian effort to annex Transdniestria could turn a frozen conflict hot.

Crimea annexation triggers anxiety in Baltics

With Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, other regions that were formerly part of the Soviet Union are watching nervously to see if they’ll be the next targets of Russian expansionism.

Refugees flee ethnic conflict in South Sudan

More than 40 percent of South Sudan’s population is in need of emergency help.

Local media disappears amidst conflict in Central African Republic

Media outlets in the Central African Republic are caught between the conflicts between religious rebel forces in the Central African Republic.

Free Press Watch: Middle East (April 4, 2014)

A fatal shooting in Afghanistan and censorship issues in Turkey and Kazakstan are the focus of this week's Free Press Watch.

Interview with EU ambassador to the U.S.

João Vale de Almeida is the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States of America. He sat down with Global Journalist's Jason McLure to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, the EU-U.S. relationship, and other topics.

International forces fail to stem killing in Central African Republic

When Christian militias known as anti-balaka came to the village of Guen in the Central African Republic in February, the father of 10-year-old Oumarou Bouba knew it was time to run.

Christian-Muslim fighting leads to ethnic cleansing in Central African Republic

The conflict in the Central African Republic began as many conflicts do: with the overthrow of an unpopular leader. Since then, however, it has taken on a decidedly religious tone.

March 2014

Religion in Myanmar

Global Journalist correspondent Lakshna Mehta traveled to a variety of religious sites while in Myanmar earlier this month.

Home-grown charity aids Myanmar’s poor with micro-loans

Global Journalist correspondent Jessica Anania explores how an NGO is using microfinance in Myanmar.

Global Journalist covers Myanmar

Myanmar is a country facing transition.

Myanmar journalists worry over stalled press reform, political prisoners
[VIDEO] A look at microfinance

How one NGO is empowering women in Myanmar through microfinance.

Nine maps that highlight human rights issues

It can be difficult to wrap your head around the breadth of human rights issues internationally. These maps, created by various NGOs and international organizations, are give a bit of context to the scope of rights issues.

Rights activists, opponents battle for digital advantage

As the recent street protests in Ukraine, Turkey and Brazil have again demonstrated, social media can be a powerful tool for documenting human rights abuses.

Dodging bombs to document war crimes

Everything has to happen fast on this early morning. Anna Neistat and Ole Solvang run across fields under cover of dawn. Suddenly, a barbed wire fence appears. They jump over it before they climb into a waiting SUV on an unpaved road. So far, so good.

Global Update: Russian Expansionism in Crimea

Russia continues its quest to regain control of Crimea. The Russian-speaking region voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine.

Free Press Watch: Middle East

In this week's free press watch, a Swedish-British journalist is targeted and killed in Afghanistan, an Iraqi suicide bomber kills 45, including 2 journalists on assignment, and 2 more journalists in Syria died while covering the country's civil

Interactive timeline: oppression of media after Arab Spring

Citizen journalism boomed during the Arab Spring starting with the protests against Hosni Mubarak in January 2011. Citizen journalists braved the country’s strict press laws and gave the world a window into what was going on in the country. Following Muba

Squaring off over protests, Venezuelan government, media have history of animosity

Squaring off over protests, Venezuelan government, media have history of animosity.

Venezuela’s petro-economy sinks amid flawed policies, corruption

At first glance, it might seem odd that economic conditions spurred massive street protests in Venezuela. After all the country, which has the second-largest proven reserves of oil, is wealthier than many of its neighbors.

Rising prices, violence feed Venezuelan opposition’s fury

Less than a year after Venezuelans voted to continue Hugo Chávez’s leftist policies by electing his handpicked successor Nicolás Maduro as president, the country has come to a standstill amidst a month of violent protests against Maduro’s rule.

Free Press Watch: Swedish journalist killed in shooting in Afghan capital

A Swedish radio journalist was shot and killed in broad daylight in the Afghan capital Kabul while standing outside a Lebanese restaurant popular with foreigners.

Aung San Suu Kyi addresses press freedom

In a speech in Yangon, the Burmese opposition leader addressed issues concerning press freedom.

Video Update: Press Freedom In Brazil

As the World Cup approaches, Brazil is more dangerous than ever for journalists.

Al Jazeera trial highlights Egyptian military’s media crackdown

On his first day of trial in Egypt, Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy told reporters to send the following message to his fiancé: “Tell her I love her. Big wedding when I get out.”

Beyond Ukraine: U.S. and Russia joust for influence in Egypt

The Ukraine is hardly the only place where Russia and the U.S. are jousting for influence these days. Though it may lack the intensity of the current stare down over Crimea, Moscow and Washington are also vying for influence in Egypt, long a linchpin of U

Topless Ukrainian feminist protest group a study in contradictions

What do you do when you need to send a desperate message, but no one wants to hear it?


Protest very loudly.

Free Press Watch video

Media censorship, government corruption and violence are key issues threatening the work of Latin American journalists.

February 2014

In Ukrainian mirror, Russian and Western media see Cold War reflection

On Feb. 24 seven Russians were sentenced to two to four years for participating in protests in Moscow against President Vladimir Putin in 2012. More than 600 people protesting the sentences were detained the same day.

2014 True/False Film Festival - Live!

The Global Journalist staff will be covering the 2014 True/False Film Festival with live updates.


Global Journalist stands in solidarity with the international community in a Global Day of Action asking for the release of detained Al Jazeera journalists.

Groups react creatively to Russian anti-gay law

In Russia it's illegal to publish any homosexual “propaganda,” but companies, organizations, athletes and individuals around the world have showed support for the LGBT community with a slew of pro-gay advertisements, campaigns, videos, phot

Olympic protests: Games are golden moment to seize media spotlight

Much of the media coverage around the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics has focused on unrest in the area. However, demonstrations during Olympic proceedings are not unique to Sochi.

Russia and the ice-shining mountains: a brief history of the Caucasus

The 2014 Winter Olympics are being held in a region called the Northern Caucasus. Russia’s relations with the Caucasus has a long and complicated history.

Sochi Olympics: Russia gets gold in spending
Thai Prime Minister faces protests

Rice farmers have been key supporters of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Now they're demonstrating against her.

From Dubai, Shinawatra casts shadow over Thai politics

Thai protesters may be seeking to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. But the real object of their anger is someone who isn’t officially part of the government: her brother and former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra.

Interactive Timeline: Thailand's Coup

A look at Thailand's tumultuous political history.

Slouching Toward Democracy

The lines are drawn in Thailand’s current conflict over representative government.

Stemming the Tide

Gays and lesbians face harsh prison penalties or even death in most nations of sub-Saharan Africa. In many countries, homophobia is growing.

David Kato: Martyr for Same-Sex Love in Uganda

David Kato was the first openly gay man in Uganda, a dangerous title in a country known for its hostility to homosexuals.

MAP: Homosexuality in Africa

Nowhere in the world are homosexuals more terrorized than in Africa. This map gives an overview about the top level of persecution in each country.

In Hungary a shift to the right stifles press freedom

After several newspapers published reports that Hungary's new government was rewarding its supporters with lucrative tobacco licenses, the government struck back.

January 2014

A Tale of Two Ukraines

Recent unrest in Ukraine has exposed to the world the complicated position that the nation faces between East and West. Ukraine is still as divided as ever.

Ukraine: Interactive Timeline, Storify Project and Map

An interactive timeline shows the tumultuous history of Ukraine. A detailed map displays the differences and tensions between Ukraine's two fronts.

The Leaders behind Ukraine's Unrest

An analysis of the history and motives behind the key figures in the unrest.

December 2013

Brazil's Press Freedom

In Brazil, reporters suffer both strangling monetary control and crippling freedom as a result of government politicians

A Rising Giant

How Brazil’s culture encourages corruption and what it means for the country’s future

Politicians behind bars

After eight years of impunity, 12 defendants of the Brazilian ‘Mensalão’ corruption scandal were convicted in Brazil’s Proclamation of Republic Day, on Nov. 15, 2013

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