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Fadeel Al-Ameen is a journalist and author who writes extensively about the status of the contemporary Arab media and has conducted several media-training workshops and seminars for Arab journalists. He worked as editor in chief of Hi magazine for three years and is currently a consultant for several media organizations in the D.C. area and the Middle East. He holds an MA in journalism and mass communications from the University of Northern Colorado and completed his graduate degree in international media from Indiana University at Bloomington. He served as a Middle East analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Alexis Arieff is a graduate student in international relations at Yale University and a former senior research associate for the Africa program at the Committee to Protect Journalists. She served as an Africa analyst for Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press.

Charles Arthur is an analyst and journalist specializing in Caribbean politics and economics. He holds an MA in Latin American government and politics from the University of Essex, United Kingdom. He is a contributing writer for the Economist Intelligence Unit, Latinamerica Press, and the IPI World Press Freedom Review and is the author of two books about Haiti. He served as the Caribbean analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Luis Botello is the director of Latin American programs at the International Center for Journalists. A native Panamanian, he has worked throughout the Americas, conducting training programs and conferences on freedom of expression and the press as well as journalism ethics. He previously served as morning newscast producer, host, and television reporter for Televisora Nacional in Panama, where he covered assignments in Colombia, the United States, and Europe. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in mass communications from Louisiana State University and has also held several teaching positions. He served as the Central America analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Jake Dizard is a research analyst at Freedom House and assistant editor of the annual Freedom House publication Countries at the Crossroads. His area of focus is Latin America, with a specific emphasis on the Andean region. He is a 2005 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He served as an Americas analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Camille Eiss is a research analyst at Freedom House and assistant editor of Freedom in the World. Her research focuses on political and human rights developments in Southeast Asia. She previously worked as associate managing editor of the Washington Quarterly at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She holds an MSc in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics, with a focus on political Islam. She served as a Southeast Asia and Middle East analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Thomas Gold is a former assistant professor of comparative politics at Sacred Heart University and the author of The Lega Nord and Contemporary Politics in Italy. He earned his PhD from the New School for Social Research and received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Italy. He served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.

David Hawk is a human rights advocate specializing in East Asia. He is author of Hidden Gulag: Exposing North Korea’s Prison Camps and Thank You Father Kim Il Sung: Violations of Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion in North Korea and, most recently, a Freedom House special report, “Concentrations of Inhumanity: An Analysis of North Korea’s Labor Camps.” He formerly directed the Cambodia Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the U.S. section of Amnesty International. He served as an Asia analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Diana Howansky is a staff associate at the Ukrainian Studies Program of Columbia University. She holds an MA in international affairs, with a specialization in Russian-area and Eastern European studies, from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, as well as an MS in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She has worked in the field of democratic development in various countries in the former Soviet Union. She served as a Former Soviet Union analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Sallie Hughes is an assistant professor in the Journalism Program and Spanish-Language Journalism Masters Program at the School of Communication, University of Miami. Her PhD from Tulane University is in Latin American studies, with an emphasis on the media and politics of the region. Her book on the transformation of journalism in Mexico, Newsrooms in Conflict: Journalism and the Democratization of Mexico, was published in 2006 by the University of Pittsburgh Press. She served as an Americas analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Ana Jelenkovic is an associate at Eurasia Group, focusing on the Caucasus, Southeast Europe, and the broader Black Sea region. She holds an MA in international relations from Columbia University. She has worked on Balkan human rights and media issues at the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Harriman Institute, the Open Society Institute, and Freedom House’s New York and Belgrade offices. She served as a Balkans, Eastern Europe, and Caucasus analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Karin Deutsch Karlekar is a senior researcher at Freedom House and managing editor of the Freedom of the Press survey. She has authored reports and conducted fact-finding missions on press freedom, human rights, and governance issues to a number of countries in Africa and South Asia. She holds a PhD in Indian history from Cambridge University and previously worked as a consultant for Human Rights Watch. She served as a South Asia and Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Sanja Kelly is managing editor of the Countries at the Crossroads survey at Freedom House. She holds an MA in international relations from Columbia University and previously worked for the U.S. House of Representatives. Her research interests focus on democratic transition and consolidation in the former Yugoslavia and Soviet Union. She served as an Eastern Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Daniel Kimmage received his BA from Binghamton University and his MA from Cornell University. He has been the Central Asia analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty since December 2003. He served as the Central Asia analyst for Freedom of the Press.

John Kubiniec was formerly Freedom House’s regional director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union; he currently serves as a board member of Freedom House Europe. Since 1992, he has lived in several countries in Central and Eastern Europe, where he has worked for human rights and advocacy organizations supporting democratic development and civil society in the Balkans and the former Soviet Union. He studied economics and Slavic languages and literature and speaks Russian and Polish. He served as an Eastern Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Astrid Larson is the office manager at Freedom House New York. She holds a BA from Smith College and studied international communication at American University. She served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom in the World as well as the Scandinavia, Africa, and South Pacific analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Eleanor Marchant is a research analyst at Freedom House and assistant editor of Freedom of the Press. Her research focuses on human rights, particularly press freedom, in West Africa. She holds an MA in international relations from New York University and a BSc in economics and politics from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. She served as an Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Chris W. Ogbondah is a professor of journalism and coordinator of the mass communication program in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Northern Iowa. He holds a PhD in journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and is author of The Press in Nigeria: An Annotated Bibliography; Military Regimes and the Press in Nigeria, 1966 to 1993: Human Rights and National Development; and State-Press Relations in Nigeria, 1993–1998: Human Rights and Democratic Development. He has published articles on press freedom in scholarly journals. He served as a West Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Folu Ogundimu is a professor of journalism and former senior research associate for Afrobarometer at Michigan State University. He holds a PhD in mass communication from Indiana University at Bloomington and is coeditor of Media and Democracy in Africa. He was founding director of the Ghana Multidisciplinary Studies Program at MSU. He served as a West Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Ory Okolloh received her BA in political science from the University of Pittsburgh and her JD from Harvard Law School. She is currently working as legal counsel for Enablis in Johannesburg. She served as an East Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Aili Piano is a senior researcher at Freedom House and managing editor of Freedom in the World. She was a country report author for several editions of Nations in Transit, for a Freedom House survey of democratization in East-Central Europe and Eurasia, and for Freedom House’s Countries at the Crossroads 2004 survey of democratic governance. Before joining Freedom House, she worked as a diplomatic attaché at the Estonian Mission to the United Nations. She holds an MA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She served as the Baltic States analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Mauro P. Porto is assistant professor in the Department of Communications at Tulane University. In 2002, his PhD dissertation in communication from the University of California at San Diego received the Best Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Brazilian Society of Interdisciplinary Communication Studies. His forthcoming book, Televisao e Politica no Brasil (Television and Politics in Brazil), is based on his dissertation, and he has published on political communication in several academic journals around the world. His teaching interests include media and politics in Brazil and media and democracy in Latin America. He served as a South America analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Nanne Priebs von Hahn is a PhD candidate in law at Hamburg University, Germany, and project manager at the Center for Media and Communication Studies at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Her dissertation research focuses on the legal and social implications of the transformation of public service broadcasters in a multichannel media environment. She served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Arch Puddington is director of research at Freedom House and coeditor of Freedom in the World. He has written widely on American foreign policy, race relations, organized labor, and the history of the cold war. He is the author of Broadcasting Freedom: The Cold War Triumph of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty and Lane Kirkland: Champion of American Labor. He served as the United States analyst for Freedom of the Press.

David Robie is associate professor of journalism in the School of Communication Studies at New Zealand’s Auckland University of Technology and director of the Pacific Media Centre. He holds a PhD in history/politics from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, where he was former coordinator of the Pacific Region Journalism Program. He is founding editor of Pacific Journalism Review and has written several books on Pacific media, including Mekim Nius: South Pacific Media, Politics, and Education. He served as an Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Mark Y. Rosenberg is a doctoral student of political science at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a former researcher and assistant editor of Freedom in the World at Freedom House. He is author of the South Africa report for Countries at the Crossroads 2006 and served as the Southern Africa and Israel/Palestinian territories analyst for Freedom of the World and Freedom of the Press.

Tyler Roylance is a research and editorial assistant at Freedom House. He holds a BA in classics from Drew University and an MA in history from New York University. He served as a Central and Eastern Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Hani Sabra is a human rights professional based in New York. From 2001 to 2005, he was the Middle East and North Africa researcher at the Committee to Protect Journalists. He served as the North Africa analyst for Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press.

Janet Steele is an associate professor of journalism in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. She received her PhD in history from Johns Hopkins University and has taught courses on the theory and practice of journalism in Southeast and South Asia as a Fulbright senior scholar and lecturer. Her book Wars Within: The Story of Tempo, an Independent Magazine in Soeharto’s Indonesia focuses on Tempo magazine and its relationship to the politics and culture of new-order Indonesia. She served as a Southeast Asia analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Leigh Tomppert is a former research and policy associate with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. She holds an MA in the social sciences from the University of Chicago. Previously, she was a researcher at Freedom House and assistant editor of Freedom House’s Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa survey. She served as a Middle East analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Thomas Webb is a research assistant at Freedom House and a recent graduate of Vassar College. He served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.

 

Lars Willnat is an associate professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. Before joining GWU in 1996, he taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and was a MacArthur Foundation Fellow at the Indiana Center on Global Change and World Peace. His teaching and research interests include political media effects, theoretical aspects of public opinion formation, and international communication. He received his PhD in mass communication from Indiana University in 1992. He served as an Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom of the Press

Elijah Zarwan is a Cairo-based researcher for Human Rights Watch. He previously worked as a researcher for the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, Harvard University, as managing editor of Cairo magazine, as an editor at World Press Review, and as a freelance journalist in the Middle East. He served as a Middle East analyst for Freedom of the Press.
 

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Jon B. Alterman is director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He received his PhD in history from Harvard University, and he has worked on the personal staff of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and on the policy-planning staff at the Department of State. He is the author of New Media, New Politics?: From Satellite Television to the Internet in the Arab World. He served as Middle East adviser for Freedom of the Press

Rosental Alves is a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, where he created the first course in online journalism. For over a decade, he was a foreign correspondent based in Spain, Argentina, Mexico, and the United States, working for Jornal do Brasil, one of the most important Brazilian newspapers. In 1994, he managed the creation of the Jornal do Brasil online edition, making it the first Brazilian newspaper available on the internet. A working journalist since he was 16, he received a BA in journalism from Rio de Janeiro Federal University. He was the first Brazilian awarded a Nieman Fellowship to spend an academic year (1987–1988) at Harvard University. He served as an Americas adviser for Freedom of the Press

Sheila S. Coronel is a professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and head of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at the school. She was a founder and executive director of the Manila–based Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. She was also a founding director of the Southeast Asian Press Alliance and editor and coauthor of several books, including a study on freedom of information in Southeast Asia. She served as Southeast Asia adviser for Freedom of the Press

Ashley Esarey received his PhD in political science from Columbia University and is currently Luce Fellow of Asian Studies and assistant professor of comparative politics at Middlebury College. His research concerns mass media, the internet, and blogging in Asia and their effect on democratization more generally; he also studies democratic institutions in Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and China. He served as East Asia adviser for Freedom of the Press.

Festus Eribo is professor of international communication and head of African studies at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his MA from St. Petersburg State University and has worked as a journalist in Africa and Russia. He has authored five books, including Press Freedom and Communication in Africa and Window on Africa: Democratization and Media Exposure. He served as an Africa adviser for Freedom of the Press.

Marilyn Greene is an independent media consultant based in Washington, D.C., and recently edited the World Press Freedom Committee’s publication It’s a Crime: How Insult Laws Stifle Press Freedom. She was a 2005 Knight International Press Fellow in Cameroon, working with Francophone and Anglophone journalists to enhance journalistic professionalism in that country. She served for seven years as executive director of the World Press Freedom Committee and for several years prior as an international affairs reporter for USA Today, covering conflicts in Somalia, Kuwait, and Haiti as well as situations throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a former fellow in Asian studies at the University of Hawaii and the East-West Center in Honolulu. She served as a global adviser for Freedom of the Press

Tendayi Kumbula is an assistant professor of journalism at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. He received his PhD from the University of Southern California and two MA degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles. He has authored or coauthored four books. He has been a reporter and editor in Los Angeles and Indiana and was an editor for four years in Zimbabwe. In 1991 and 2003, he participated in the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Institute of Journalism Excellence, which sends selected journalism educators to spend six summer weeks working in a newsroom. He served as an Africa adviser for Freedom of the Press.

Bettina Peters is director of the Global Forum for Media Development, a network of organizations involved in media assistance programs around the world. Until recently, she worked as director of programs at the European Journalism Center, in charge of its international journalism training program. Before joining the EJC, she worked for 10 years at the International Federation of Journalists headquarters in Brussels. She holds degrees in political science and journalism from the University of Hamburg and is author of the chapter entitled “Ethics of Journalists” for the Council of Europe book Media and Democracy. She served as Western Europe adviser for Freedom of the Press

Byron T. Scott is professor emeritus and director of the European Union Center at the University of Missouri at Columbia and is a former newspaper and magazine journalist. His special area of interest is the media in transitional nations of the former Soviet bloc. He has worked as a journalist and teacher of journalism throughout the former Soviet bloc, including stints at the American University in Bulgaria, the University of Tirana, and Moscow State University. He served as Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union adviser for Freedom of the Press

John Virtue is director of the International Media Center of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University. Before joining FIU, he was executive editor of the daily newspaper El Mundo in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and for 17 previous years a foreign correspondent and news agency executive in Latin America, based in Sao Paulo, Caracas, and Mexico City. He holds a bachelor of journalism degree from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He served as an Americas adviser for Freedom of the Press