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Mohammad Ali Al-Abdallah is a blogger and independent Syrian human rights activist. He has worked as a free lance journalist in several Arabic newspapers, covering political and human rights issues in the Middle East. He worked as a consultant for the Human Rights Watch Beirut office from July 2007 to January 2009, researching online freedom of expression and human rights violations in Syria and Lebanon. His blog was the first blog on Syria hosted by WordPress to be blocked in Syria. He received a LL.B from Lebanese university, Faculty of Law. He served as a Middle East analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Amira Al Hussaini is a Bahraini journalist, translator, editor and blogger. She is Global Voices Online’s Middle East and North Africa editor. Amira, whose career in journalism spans 18 years, also serves at Global Voices Online’s board of directors. Having started as a trainee journalist in 1991, Amira worked her way up to become news editor of an English language daily in a few years. Today she is the managing editor of a monthly current affairs and business magazine. She served as a Middle East analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Alexis Arieff is an analyst in African affairs at the Congressional Research Service. (Any views expressed herein are hers alone, and do not represent CRS or the Library of Congress.) She previously worked as a Senior Research Associate for the Africa program at the Committee to Protect Journalists and as a research intern at the International Crisis Group’s West Africa field office. She holds an M.A. in international relations from Yale University, with a focus on politics and security in sub-Saharan Africa. She also writes for Freedom House’s Freedom in the World survey. She served as an Africa analyst for 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 and the International Press Institute’s 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 senior program director for digital media at the International Center for Journalists. He focuses on journalism in Latin America, journalism ethics and best practice, freedom of expression and of the press, and civic journalism. He launched ICFJ’s International Journalism Network (IJNet) and has produced numerous journalism training tools. Before ICFJ, he 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 is a board member of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin and the Latin American Journalism Center (CELAP) in Panama City, Panama. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication, where he got his B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and M.A. in Mass Communications. He served as the Central America analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Julia Breslin is the Research and Editorial Associate for the Freedom House publication Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa. She has written for various other publications, including the Max Planck Institute’s Encyclopedia of Public International Law. Her research focus is the Middle East, and she has carried out field research in Kuwait, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. She holds a law degree from Florida State University and an LL.M. in international human rights law from Lund University, Sweden, a program taught in conjunction with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. She served as the Iran analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Sarah G. Cook is an Asia Researcher at Freedom House and recently served as assistant editor for Freedom on the Net, a Freedom House pilot index of internet and digital media freedom. Prior to joining Freedom House, she coedited the English version of Chinese attorney Gao Zhisheng’s memoir, A China More Just. She holds an MSc in politics and an LLM in public international law from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She served as an Asia analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Jake Dizard is the managing editor of Countries at the Crossroads, Freedom House’s annual survey of democratic governance. 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 Director of Programs for the Truman National Security Project, where she develops curriculum and strategy across programs for Congressional staffers and Truman Project Security Fellows nationwide. Camille previously worked as a senior associate for the international development organization Endeavor and as a research analyst at Freedom House and Assistant Editor of Freedom in the World. Her research focused primarily on political and human rights developments in Southeast Asia. Camille was an editor of The Washington Quarterly at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and holds a BA in history and government from Georgetown University as well as an MA 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 Turkey analyst for Freedom of the Press.
 
Leonardo Ferreira is an associate professor of the Electronic Media Program and researcher at the Knight Center for International Media, University of Miami. He is the author of Centuries of Silence: The Story of Latin American Journalism, published by Praeger/Greenwood Publishing in 2006 and has served as a consultant for the Inter American Press Association. His research focuses on media law, communication development, and indigenous press issues. He holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Mass Media studies and a J.D. degree from the National University of Colombia. He served as an Americas analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Elizabeth Floyd is editor of special reports at Freedom House. Her areas of interest include Europe, education, and cultural history. She has an MA in modern European history from Hunter College, CUNY, with a focus on German history; her BA is in history from California State University at Sacramento. She served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Thomas Gold is a former assistant professor of comparative politics at Sacred Heart University and 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 Southern Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Heloiza Golbspan Herscovitz is an assistant professor in the department of journalism at California State University of Long Beach. Her research centers on newsroom culture, professional routines, news values, media roles, and online journalism. She is a veteran Brazilian journalist with extensive experience for several publications, including the daily O Estado de S. Paulo and Nova, Cosmopolitan’s Portuguese edition. Her prior teaching experience includes an appointment at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication of Florida International University, Miami, where she coordinated the Spanish-Language Master’s in Investigative Journalism between 2000 and 2003. She has also taught at two prestigious journalism programs in Brazil:  PUC-RS of Porto Alegre, in the early 1990s, and UFSC of Florianopolis, from 2003 to 2006. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Florida, where she got a PhD in Mass Communications in 2000. She served as an Americas analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Sallie Hughes is an associate professor in the Journalism and Latin American Studies department at the University of Miami. Her PhD from Tulane University is in Latin American studies, with an emphasis on the media and politics of the region. She is the author of Newsrooms in Conflict: Journalism and the Democratization of Mexico (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006) and Redacciones en conflicto. Periodismo y democratización en México (University of Guadalajara, M.A. Porrua, 2009). She served as an Americas analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Ana Jelenkovic is an analyst at Eurasia Group, focusing on the Caucasus, Central Asia and Southeast and Central Europe. 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 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 and Freedom on the Net surveys. She has conducted fact-finding missions on press freedom, human rights, and governance issues to a number of countries in Africa and South Asia and has written reports for several Freedom House publications. She also served as chair of the governing council of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange network from 2006 to 2009. 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.

John Kubiniec is a partner in Klos Training, a company specializing in building communication skills. He was formerly Freedom House’s regional director for Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and currently serves as a board member of Freedom House Europe. He studied economics and Slavic languages and speaks Russian and Polish. He served as an Eastern Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Astrid Larson is a language coordinator at the French Institute Alliance Française. She has an MA in international affairs from the New School University and a BA from Smith College. She served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Alexander Lupis is a journalist and human rights researcher who is fluent in Russian and Serbo-Croatian. During the 1990s, he worked for the International Organization for Migration, the Open Society Institute, Human Rights Watch, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, focusing on human rights issues in the former Yugoslavia. More recently, he worked as the Europe and Central Asia program coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists, followed by a one-year fellowship in Moscow at the Russian Union of Journalists. He served as a former Soviet republics analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Ekaterina Lysova is a human rights lawyer from the Russian Far East who holds a PhD in law from Far Eastern State University. She spent five years working as a media lawyer for the Press Development Institute and for the IREX Media Program in Vladivostok and Moscow. After serving as a full-time researcher at the University of Cologne’s Institute for East European Law, she now works as a researcher for the Moscow Media Policy & Law Institute. She served as a former Soviet republics analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Eleanor Marchant is currently a Program Officer at the Media Development Loan Fund, a New York-based nonprofit that supports independent journalism in developing countries. A former research analyst and assistant editor of the Freedom of the Press survey at Freedom House, Eleanor has also served as a Visiting Fellow at The Media Institute, an East Africa press freedom organization based in Kenya, where she covered the December 2007 presidential election. She holds an M.A. in international relations from New York University, where she wrote her thesis on democratization and media in West Africa, and received a BSc in economics and politics from the University of Bristol in England. She served as a West Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Katrina Neubauer is a research analyst at Freedom House and assistant editor of Freedom in the World. Her area of focus is sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular emphasis on the Sahelian region. She holds an MA in international relations from George Washington University. She served as an 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 (MSU). 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 is a Kenyan lawyer and blogger. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and blogs at KenyanPundit.com. She is the cofounder of Kenya’s Parliament watch website Mzalendo.com and the website Ushahidi.com, which allowed people to report atrocities committed in Kenya after the recent elections and is now being used as a tool in numerous other settings. She was a contributor to the book Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century and is a frequent speaker at conferences, including Ted Global Africa and Poptech. When she is not working on her projects, she consults on digital access and citizen journalism issues. 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, a Freedom House survey of democratization in Central and Eastern 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.

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 master’s in journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a PhD in history/politics from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, where he was former coordinator of the Pacific Region Journalism Program. Dr. Robie was awarded the Pacific Islands Media Association Pacific Media Freedom Award in 2005. 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 PhD candidate in political science at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on dominant party systems, political economy, and democratization in sub-Saharan Africa. He is a former Researcher at Freedom House and Assistant Editor of Freedom in the World. He served as a Southern Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.

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

Atef Al-Saadawy is currently a managing editor of the Democracy Review Quarterly, a publication of the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo. He is also a researcher with the Arab Reform Forum at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and a contributor to Oxford University’s Project for Democracy Studies in Arab countries. He has previously served as a Democracy Fellow at The National Endowment for Democracy and as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. He holds Diploma in comparative politics from Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and MA in political science from Cairo University. He served as a Middle East analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Hani Sabra is a former Middle East and North Africa researcher at the Committee to Protect Journalists, where he worked from 2001 to 2005. He served as the North Africa analyst for 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.

Nicole Stremlau is Coordinator of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford where she is also a Research Fellow in the Centre of Socio-Legal Studies. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics in development studies. Her research focuses on media policy during and in the aftermath of guerrilla struggles in the Horn of Africa. She served as an East Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.

Thomas Webb is a law student at Fordham Law School. He is a former research assistant at Freedom House and a graduate of Vassar College. He served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.
 
Adam Werner is the director of the Young Israeli Forum for Cooperation (YIFC), a non-profit organization, which works on increasing the influence of young professionals on the regional integration of Israel in the Middle East and Europe. He is currently pursuing his Masters degree in conflict analysis and resolution in the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Adam has also worked as a freelance journalist in several print and online media outlets. He served as the Israel/Palestinian territories analyst for Freedom of the Press.