The letter objects to “the unlawful detention and wrongful conviction of writers and thinkers.”
When Thomasz Piatek’s publisher released his explosive book last month about Poland’s defense minister, the well-known investigative journalist was braced for a defamation suit.
Freedom House, a freedom of the press watchdog, downgraded Israel’s status from “free” to “partly free,” citing the Israel Hayom daily, which is seen as pro-government.
Public media stalwarts like NPR, PBS and the BBC often come under political fire, but no one has come close to shutting them down. In Israel, it’s a different story.
Israel’s military shut down a Palestinian radio station in the West Bank over its calls to attack Israelis.
A Republican U.S. senator lambasted the White House on Monday for not sending a top American official to a Paris unity march after deadly Islamic militant attacks in that city, and a New York tabloid headline screamed “You let the world down.”
President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned what he called the “cowardly, evil” attack against a satirical newspaper in Paris and offered U.S. assistance to the French government.
Israel proudly boasts of the only truly free press in the Middle East. Journalists fret that a new libel law and government restrictions signal a harsher era.