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Dezinformatsiya: West’s media recycle Ukraine myths, Putin refines totalitarian tactic

Journalists like The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson are witlessly recycling Kremlin propaganda, notes analyst George Weigel. “While Putin’s Anschluss strategy for Crimea — and perhaps for more of Ukraine — has been just as brazen in its deployment of the Big Lie and the diplomatic stonewall, the Russian neo-czar has added a few refinements to […] The post Dezinformatsiya: West’s media recycle Ukraine myths, Putin refines totalitarian tactic appeared first on Democracy Digest .

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China – Don’t forget Liu Xiaobo, held for the past five years

Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) - Four years ago today, a Beijing court sentenced the leading Chinese free speech advocate Liu Xiaobo , winner of the 2010

Ukraine – Worldwide condemnation for brutal attacks on over 50 journalists in Ukraine

International Freedom of Expression eXchange: IFEX members strongly condemn recent attacks on journalists and threats to free expression during public demonstrations in Kyiv and call for those

Journalists attacked while covering protests in Kiev

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A video report by a Euronews cameraman shows him being attacked by police during clashes in Kiev. (YouTube/Euronews)

New York, December 2, 2013--At

How secrecy impedes effective governance

Over the past decade, my foundation has attempted to do exactly this through the Ibrahim Index of African

Tadeusz Mazowiecki: first leader of democratic Poland

Democracy Digest from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED):   The world remembers the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 as the symbol of

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowships – deadline extended

Democracy Digest from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED): The deadline for the annual Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program has been extended to November 8, 2013 for

Uighurs fear fresh crackdown following Tiananmen ‘premeditated attack’

Chinese authorities declared Wednesday that the fiery vehicle crash in Tiananmen Square this week was a deliberate terrorist attack and said five men have been arrested for

From Velvet Underground to Velvet Revolution

After Soviet tanks crushed Czechoslovakia’s Prague Spring in 1968, all performing musicians were vetted for loyalty to the new regime, The Economist notes . The criteria included:

Vote of the living dead

Authoritarian regimes have come to place an increasingly high premium on the veneer and perceptions of elections, rather than on their substance, Christopher Walker and Alexander Cooley write

Azerbaijan – Internet freedom under increasing attack in Azerbaijan, report finds

International Freedom of Expression eXchange: A new report by the Expression Online Initiative, led by the Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety, cites restrictive laws and politically-motivated

Russia – Court strips national news agency of its licence

Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) - Reporters Without Borders is appalled by a Moscow court's decision today to grant a request by the Federal Agency for the

Moscow court revokes news agency’s license

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New York, October 31, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a decision by the Moscow City Court today to

A More Pluralist Approach to European Democracy Support

Democracy assistance is at a crucial juncture. It could either be reinvented or begin to lose both credibility and traction, an important new analysis suggests...

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New network advancing ‘inclusive democratization’ in Asia

Democracy Digest from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED): Asia Foundation “As civil society in Asia has made significant progress over the past several decades, the

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