Category Archives: Media Workers

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World Press Freedom Index 2015



The Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria that include media pluralism and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists and the legislative, institutional and infrastructural environment in which the media operate.

Quick Summary: Top of the list are three Scandinavian countries, Finland which has been in first place for five years in succession, followed by Norway and Denmark. At the other end of the scale, Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea were the worst performers.

The United States ranked 49th, down three places from 2014.

2015 World Press Freedom Index


Al-Jazeera – Under Fire for Distorted Coverage



Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-funded international news bureau, has been accused by its own editors and reporters of intentionally distorting coverage of conflict in Syria and Libya.

Canada’s Real News Network did a 3-part interview with Ali Hashem, a Beirut-based reporter for Al-Jazeera who recently quit his job. An editor at the same bureau later supported Hashem’s allegation and left his position as well. Continue reading Al-Jazeera – Under Fire for Distorted Coverage


Hikers Freed from Evin Prison



Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were freed from Tehran’s Evin Prison after serving more than two years on allegations of spying.

The two were arrested – with Sarah Shourd, now Bauer’s fiancee – in 2009 while hiking in Kurdistan. Shourd was released last year.

Media Alliance, which served as the fiscal sponsor for the support project, Free the Hikers  welcomes them home after too long a time.