Ben Akoh is an expert on media and technology policy. He conducts research and undertakes capacity building initiatives on internet public policy in Africa and globally, and is involved in various capacities at national and regional internet governance processes. He is an instructor at the University of Manitoba, where his research explores the nexus of education, culture, and the internet. He has been involved in various media development initiatives in Africa. He has worked with the Soros Foundation’s Open Society Initiative for West Africa, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and in the private sector. He served as a West Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Roby Alampay is senior manager for new media at TV5, a broadcasting network in the Philippines, for which he is also editor in chief of its online news portal, InterAksyon.com. From 2004 to 2010, he was executive director of the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), the only regional organization advocating for press freedom in Southeast Asia. A graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, his opinion articles, particularly on human rights and free expression issues, have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Hong Kong Standard, the Guardian, and leading newspapers throughout Southeast Asia. He served as a Southeast Asia analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Charles Arthur is an analyst and journalist specializing in Caribbean politics and economics. He holds a master’s degree in Latin American government and politics from the University of Essex, United Kingdom. For many years, he was a contributing writer for the Economist Intelligence Unit, Oxford Analytica, and the International Press Institute. He is the editor of the quarterly magazine Making It: Industry for Development. He is also the author of two books about Haiti. He served as a Caribbean analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Karen Attiah is a freelance journalist and has written for the Associated Press, the Huffington Post, and other outlets. She received her master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, concentrating in human rights and international media. Karen was a Fulbright Scholar to Ghana in 2008, where she studied the role of citizen participation on call-in radio shows during the Ghanaian elections, and has also studied the role of social media use within African media organizations. Karen graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and African studies. She served as a sub-Saharan Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Luis Manuel Botello is the senior director of special projects at the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). He worked for 10 years as ICFJ’s Latin American program director and launched its International Journalism Network (IJNet), an online media assistance news service. Botello 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 was a Fulbright Scholar at Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication, where he received his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and master’s degree in mass communications. He served as a Central America analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Nicholas Bowen earned his PhD from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Before joining Freedom House as a research assistant, he worked at the United Nations and served as a research fellow at the Institute on Globalization and Security. His research interests include comparative politics and Middle East studies. He served as an Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Sarah Cook is a senior research analyst for East Asia and Freedom on the Net at Freedom House. She has served as an assistant editor for three editions of the Freedom on the Net project, an index that tracks internet freedom around the world, and is part of the editorial team producing the China Media Bulletin, a weekly news digest of media freedom developments related to the People’s Republic of China. She received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Pomona College and, as a Marshall Scholar, completed master’s degrees in politics and international law at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She served as an East Asia analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Melanie Dominski is a program officer for the Global Freedom of Expression Campaign at Freedom House. She has organized and assisted in leading several freedom of expression advocacy missions to international organizations and works closely with human rights defenders and partners around the globe to strengthen their freedom of expression advocacy efforts. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs with a thematic concentration in human security and development and a regional concentration in Europe and Eurasia from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, and an honors bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations. She served as an Eastern Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Jennifer Dunham is a research analyst for Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press at Freedom House. Previously, she was the managing editor and Africa writer for Facts On File World News Digest. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history-sociology from Columbia University and a master’s degree in international relations from New York University, where her research focused on transitional justice in Rwanda and Sierra Leone. She served as a sub-Saharan Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Leonardo Ferreira is an associate professor of the Electronic Media Program at the University of Miami. A UNESCO consultant in Central America and multimedia journalism lead researcher in rural communication projects in both the Dominican Republic and Colombia, he is the author of Centuries of Silence: The Story of Latin American Journalism. His research focuses on media law, communication for development, and Latin American media history and ethnicity, especially indigenous press issues. He holds a PhD in mass media studies from Michigan State University and a law degree degree from the National University of Colombia. He served as an Americas analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Catherine A. Fitzpatrick is a writer for EurasiaNet.org, a web news service about current events in Central Asia, where she edits the blogs and weekly newsletters about Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. She also frequently contributes to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. A longtime human rights advocate specializing on the former Soviet Union and civil societies, she has worked as a researcher for a number of nongovernmental organizations including Human Rights Watch, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the International League for Human Rights. She served as a Eurasia analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Jeffrey Ghannam is an attorney and media professional who has contributed widely to the analysis and debate about the role of digital media leading up to and following the recent civil movements in the Arab world, including a two-part report for the National Endowment for Democracy’s Center for International Media Assistance. He has also written on the subject for the Economist and the Washington Post. He received a Knight International Journalism Fellowship to Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon to develop programs in the region, where he has also served as a media development trainer and adviser in numerous initiatives. As the Marsh Visiting Professor of Journalism at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he instructed on the intersection of law and journalism in the pursuit of social justice. He spent a decade at the Detroit Free Press, where he reported on the law and served as an editor. He was on staff at the New York Times Washington bureau and contributed news and features. He has also written for the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and Time magazine. He served as a Middle East and North Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Sarah Giaziri is the Middle East and North Africa program officer at the Rory Peck Trust. The trust supports freelance newsgatherers and their families worldwide in times of need, raises their profile, promotes their welfare and safety, and supports their right to report freely and without fear. Her areas of focus include Syria and Libya following the uprisings in both countries. She holds a degree in international relations, a master’s degree in human rights, and a postgraduate degree in law. She practiced law for five years, focusing on human rights issues arising out of extradition and international crime cases. She served as a Middle East and North Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Thomas W. Gold is currently the director of strategic initiatives and external affairs at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools at New York University. He 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 in political science 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.
Sylvana Habdank-Kołaczkowska is the project director of Nations in Transit, Freedom House’s annual survey of democratic governance from Central Europe to Eurasia. She also writes reports on Central Europe for the Freedom in the World survey. Previously, she was the managing editor of the Journal of Cold War Studies, a peer-reviewed quarterly. She holds a master’s degree from Harvard University in regional studies of Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. She served as a Central Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Summer Harlow is a PhD candidate in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. An Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Fellow conducting her dissertation research on the digital evolution of activist media in El Salvador, Harlow is a journalist with more than 10 years of experience. She has reported and blogged from the United States and Latin America, covering immigration, city government, transportation, minority affairs, and press freedom issues. Her main research inquiries are related to the links between journalism and activism, with an emphasis on Latin America, digital media, alternative media, and international communication. She served as a South America analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Deborah Horan is a former journalist with the Chicago Tribune and the Houston Chronicle. She spent eight years in the Middle East covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the region, including Iraq and Jordan, before returning to the United States as a 2002 Knight Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan to study the rise of the Al-Jazeera satellite network. She joined the Tribune in 2002 and covered the American Muslim immigrant community and the Iraq war in 2003 and 2004. She is currently based in Washington, where she works as a consultant. She served as a Middle East and North Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Sallie Hughes, PhD, is an associate professor in the journalism program at the University of Miami. She is the author of Newsrooms in Conflict: Journalism and the Democratization of Mexico and Redacciones en conflict: Periodismo y democratización en México. She is coauthor of the manuscript Multiethnic Miami: Human Security and Belonging in a Global City, which is under provisional contract and currently under review for publication. She served as an Americas analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Rachel Jacobs is a PhD student in political science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Previously, she was a research analyst for Countries at the Crossroads, Freedom House’s annual survey of democratic governance. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in government and Asian studies from Cornell University. She served as a South and Southeast Asia analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Ana Jelenkovic is a political and economic analyst focusing on Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Southeast and Central Europe. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from Columbia University. She has worked as an analyst at Eurasia Group in New York and London, and on 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 project director of the Freedom of the Press index. She has conducted research and advocacy 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. In addition, she speaks widely on press freedom, new media, and media indicators issues, and developed the methodology for Freedom House’s pilot index of internet freedom, released in 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 sub-Saharan Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Amy Killian is a master’s candidate at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Previously, she worked with the Liberty Institute of New Delhi, expanding their Empowering India initiative to improve transparency in Indian elections. She is a former staff member of Freedom House–Washington and has worked on their Southeast Asia, Exchanges, and Advocacy programs. Prior to Freedom House, she was a fellow with Kiva Microfunds in Cambodia. She served as a Southeast Asia analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Holiday Dmitri Kumar is a researcher and journalist based in New York City. She previously served as research director for Tony Snow at Fox News and as senior media manager at the Cato Institute in Washington. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, a master’s in political sociology from the University of Chicago, and a master’s in international affairs from the New School in New York City. She served as an Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Astrid Larson is a language coordinator at the French Institute Alliance Française. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs from the New School University and a bachelor’s degree from Smith College. She served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Charles Liebling is a human rights consultant specializing in self-determination, minority rights, the Balkans, and Africa. Over the past few years he has observed elections for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia, and Ukraine, and for the Carter Center in South Sudan and Tunisia. He also maintains a blog on Western Sahara. His education includes graduate degrees from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the New School for Social Research, as well as a certificate in human rights law from the International Institute for Human Rights in Strasbourg. He served as a sub-Saharan Africa 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, focusing on the former Soviet republics, followed by a one-year fellowship in Moscow at the Russian Union of Journalists. He served as a Eurasia 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. She was a full-time researcher at the University of Cologne’s Institute for East European Law and a research consultant for the Moscow Media Policy & Law Institute, and recently graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She served as a Eurasia analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Katherin Machalek is a research analyst for Nations in Transit, Freedom House’s annual survey of democratic governance from Central Europe to Eurasia. A specialist on Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, she has authored several articles on political developments and corruption. Previously, she worked for the Geneva-based Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems (HURIDOCS), helping civil society organizations in Eurasia improve their use of information and communication technologies and digital advocacy. She holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She served as a Central Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Eleanor Marchant is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where her research focuses on political systems and media ecology in sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on transnational and diasporic influences. She has formerly been the Annenberg Researcher for the Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy at the University of Oxford, a program officer at the Media Development Loan Fund, and the assistant editor of the Freedom of the Press index at Freedom House. She received master’s degree in political science from New York University in 2006 specializing in democratization in francophone West Africa. She served as a West Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Maia Mikashavidze is a media development specialist and a scholar. She started the Georgian Institution of Public Affairs Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 2001 and served as its founding dean until 2011. She has managed and consulted for a number of media development projects, and is a member of the advisory board for International Center for Journalists’ Knight Fellowships program. She holds degrees from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs and Tbilisi State Conservatoire. Currently, she is enrolled in the mass communication PhD program of the University of South Carolina. She served as a Caucasus analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Roozbeh Mirebrahimi is an Iranian journalist and writer, and has worked as a reporter, political editor, or columnist for several Iranian newspapers. He is a founder and editor in chief of a Persian-language magazine, Iran in the World, and has also written several books about Iran. In 2006, Mirebrahimi was given the Hellman/Hammett International prize from Human Rights Watch, which acknowledged his work and perseverance. He was named the first International Journalist in Residence at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in 2007, and in 2010–11 he was a visiting scholar at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute in New York University. He served as a Middle East analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Peter G. Mwesige is the executive director of the African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) in Kampala, Uganda. A holder of a PhD in mass communications from Indiana University and a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the American University in Cairo. Mwesige was until November 2007 the head of the department of mass communication at Kampala’s Makerere University. He has previously worked as a reporter, news editor, political editor, and political columnist, including positions as executive editor of the Daily Monitor and group training editor of the Nation Media Group in Kampala. He served as an East Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Bret Nelson is a senior research assistant for Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press at Freedom House. He holds a master’s degree in political science from Fordham University and is completing a master’s degree in Middle East studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He served as a Middle East and North Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Folu Ogundimu is a professor in the School of Journalism and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University (MSU), East Lansing. At MSU, he served as director and principal investigator of the World Health Organization Nigeria polio communications project. He is coeditor of Media and Democracy in Africa, and served as an issue editor of the journal of African Rural and Urban Studies (1997). He is a faculty excellence adviser for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and core faculty of the African Studies Center and the Center for Advanced Study of International Development. Ogundimu has also served as a senior research associate for Afrobarometer and the Center for Democracy and Development, Ghana; a research associate for the Globalization Research Center on Africa, UCLA; and a visiting professor at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He served as a West Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Don Podesta is managing editor at the Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy. Formerly he was an assistant managing editor at the Washington Post, and also served as the Post’s news editor and deputy foreign editor, as well as their South America correspondent from 1992 to 1994. Before joining the Post, he worked as an editor or reporter for the Washington Star, the Minneapolis Star, the Miami Herald, and the Arizona Republic. Podesta holds a master’s degree in international affairs from American University’s School of International Service and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arizona State University. He served as a South America analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Valerie Popper is the project coordinator at the Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy. Prior to this position, she worked as a research intern with the Freedom of the Press team for the 2011 and 2012 surveys. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois–Urbana Champaign and a master’s degree in international relations from Seton Hall University. She served as a Western Europe and Americas analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Arch Puddington is vice president for 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.
Courtney C. Radsch is senior program manager for Freedom House’s Global Freedom of Expression Campaign. She has extensive journalism and new media experience, including conducting media and advocacy training, and leading civil society delegations and advocacy missions. Radsch has held positions with Al-Arabiya, the New York Times, and the Daily Star, and is currently a doctoral candidate at American University, writing her dissertation on cyberactivism in Egypt. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. She served as a Middle East and North Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Tom Rhodes is a freelance journalist and East Africa consultant for the Committee to Protect Journalists. He is also the cofounder of South Sudan’s first independent newspaper, the Juba Post, and continues to support journalist training initiatives in the region. Holding a master’s degree in African Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, Rhodes has resided and worked in the East Africa region for over seven years. He served as an East Africa 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 degree in journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a PhD in history/politics from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. He is founding editor of Pacific Journalism Review, convener of Pacific Media Watch, and has written several books on Pacific media, including Mekim Nius: South Pacific Media, Politics, and Education. Robie also publishes the media freedom blog Café Pacific. He served as an Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Mark Y. Rosenberg is the Southern Africa analyst for Eurasia Group. He received a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, where his research focused on single-party dominance and the political economy of heterogeneous societies, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. He previously worked as a researcher at Freedom House and assistant editor of Freedom in the World. He served as a Southern Africa and Middle East analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Tyler Roylance is a staff editor at Freedom House and is involved in a number of its publications. He holds a master’s degree in history from New York University. He served as a Central and Eastern Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Clement V. Salomon holds a master’s degree in politics from New York University, where he focused on European security and defense policy. He served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Laura Schneider is a journalist, PhD candidate at the Research Center for Media and Communication of the University of Hamburg, and media freedom and social media expert at the International Media Center Hamburg. She works as a freelance journalist for several German media outlets and has worked as a radio and newspaper reporter in Mexico. At the International Media Center Hamburg, she is the project coordinator of the Latin American Media Program. Schneider completed her bachelor’s and master’s degree in communication science, journalism, and Latin American Studies at the Universities of Hamburg, Guadalajara (Mexico), and Sydney. She served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Hyunjin Seo is assistant professor in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. She has published research studies in the areas of digital media, international journalism, and strategic communication. Prior to receiving her PhD at Syracuse University, Seo was a foreign affairs correspondent for South Korean and international media outlets. During that time, she traveled extensively to cover major international events including six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear issues and United Nations and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit talks. She served as an Asia-Pacific 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 program 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.
Vanessa Tucker is the director for analysis at Freedom House. She was previously the project director of Countries at the Crossroads, Freedom House’s annual survey of democratic governance in 70 strategically important countries around the world. Her area of focus is the Middle East. Prior to joining Freedom House, Vanessa managed the Program on Intrastate Conflict at Harvard Kennedy School, and has also worked at the Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international development from McGill University and an master’s degree in international relations from Yale University. She served as a Middle East and North Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Peter VonDoepp is associate professor of political science at the University of Vermont. His research focuses on African politics with specific attention to democratization-related issues. His most recent book, Judicial Politics in New Democracies: Cases from Southern Africa, examines judicial development in new southern African democracies. Other published work appears in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and several edited volumes. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, and Fulbright-Hays program. VonDoepp received his PhD from the University of Florida. He served as a sub-Saharan Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Jason Warner is a PhD student in African Studies and Government at Harvard University, where he studies the international relations, security affairs, and political thought of the Global South, particularly in Africa and the Caribbean. He has served as a consultant to the United Nations and the U.S. Department of Defense, and is a frequent contributor on African affairs on CNN.com. Jason holds an master’s degree in African Studies from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served as a sub-Saharan Africa analyst for Freedom of the Press.
Eliza B. Young is the Watchlist analyst for the International Rescue Committee’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit in New York City. She previously worked as a research analyst at Freedom House. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from King’s College London. She served as a Western Europe analyst for Freedom of the Press.
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Rosental Calmon Alves holds the Knight Chair in International Journalism and the UNESCO Chair in Communication in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the founding director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Since 2008, Alves has served as the president of the board of ORBICOM, a global network of the UNESCO Chairs in Communication. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and was the first Brazilian to be awarded with a Nieman Fellowship to study at Harvard University. He began his academic career in the United States in 1996, after 27 years as a professional journalist, including seven years as a journalism professor in Brazil. A board member of several national and international organizations, Alves has been a frequent speaker and trainer as well as a consultant. He served as an Americas adviser for Freedom of the Press.
Ashley Esarey received his PhD in Political Science from Columbia University and held the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. He teaches East Asian Studies and Political Science at the University of Alberta and is an associate in research at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. His publications concern propaganda and information control in China and the impact of digital communication on Chinese politics, and he is currently completing a book project that compares regime change (and the lack thereof) in China, Taiwan, Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia. He served as an Asia-Pacific adviser for Freedom of the Press.
Daniel C. Hallin is professor of communication at the University of California, San Diego. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. His books include The “Uncensored War”: The Media and Vietnam, We Keep America on Top of the World: Television News and the Public Sphere, Comparing Media Systems: Three Models of Media and Politics, and Comparing Media Systems beyond the Western World. Comparing Media Systems has received the Goldsmith Book Award of the Shorenstein Center on Press and Politics, the Diamond Anniversary Book Award of the National Communication Association and the Outstanding Book Award of the International Communication Association. His research covers media and politics, media and war, media and public health, the history of journalistic professionalism and comparative media systems, particularly in Europe and Latin America. He served as an Americas adviser for Freedom of the Press.
Miklos Haraszti is a Hungarian writer, editor, professor, and human rights promoter. He was a founder of Hungary’s democratic and free press movement in the 1970s, and as a member of the Hungarian parliament in the 1990s, he authored the country’s first laws on press freedom. From 2004 to 2010, he served as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s representative on freedom of the media. Recently, he has given courses about media democratization at several universities, including Columbia and Central European University. He served as a Central and Eastern Europe/Eurasia adviser for Freedom of the Press.
Sahar Khamis is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is an expert on Arab and Muslim media and the former head of the Mass Communication and Information Science Department in Qatar University. Khamis holds a PhD in Mass Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Manchester in England. She is coauthor of the book Islam Dot Com: Contemporary Islamic Discourses in Cyberspace. She has also authored several book chapters as well as articles in international and regional academic journals on Arab and Muslim media in both English and Arabic. She served as a Middle East and North Africa adviser for Freedom of the Press.
Kavita Menon is a senior program officer at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). As CPJ Asia program coordinator from 1999 to 2003, she led research and advocacy missions to countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. She left CPJ in 2003 to take up the Pew Fellowship in international reporting at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. The fellowship supported an independent reporting project in Sri Lanka. Menon worked as a researcher and campaigner on South Asia for Amnesty International before returning to CPJ in 2008. She has written for publications including the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, and Ms. magazine. She has produced radio features for NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Monitor Radio, WNYC, and WBAI, and previously worked as assistant producer of NPR’s “On the Media.” Menon earned a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She served as an Asia-Pacific adviser for Freedom of the Press.
Devra Moehler is assistant professor of communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on political communication, communication and development, African politics, political behavior, democratization, comparative research design, field research methodology, and statistical analysis. Her book Distrusting Democrats: Outcomes of Participatory Constitution Making examines the effects of participation on the political culture of ordinary citizens. Previously, Moehler worked as a democracy fellow in USAID’s Office of Democracy and Governance, where she helped initiate a pilot impact evaluation program. She served as a sub-Saharan Africa adviser for Freedom of the Press.
Robert Orttung is assistant director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, president of the Resource Security Institute, and a visiting scholar at the Center for Security Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. He is managing editor of Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization and a coeditor of the Russian Analytical Digest and the Caucasus Analytical Digest. He received his PhD in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He served as a Central and Eastern Europe/Eurasia adviser for Freedom of the Press.
Bettina Peters is director of development at the Thomson Foundation, a leader in international media support, journalism, and management training since 1962. Before joining the Thomson Foundation in 2012, she was the director of the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), a network of organizations involved in media assistance programs around the world. Until 2007, she worked as director of programs at the European Journalism Center (EJC), in charge of its international journalism training program. Before joining the EJC, she worked for 11 years at the International Federation of Journalists headquarters in Brussels. She holds degrees in political science and journalism from the University of Hamburg, and has edited several publications on journalism, such as the GFMD’s Media Matters II and the EJC’s handbook on civic journalism. In 2011, she wrote several articles on media in Africa, including an assessment of Ghana’s media landscape for the Center of International Media Assistance. She served as a Western Europe adviser for Freedom of the Press.
Lawrence Pintak is the founding dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University (WSU). An award-winning former CBS News Middle East correspondent, he has been called the foremost chronicler of the interaction between the Arab and Western media. Pintak is the author of The New Arab Journalist and several other books on America’s relationship with the Muslim world and the role of the media in shaping global perceptions and government policy. Prior to WSU, Pintak served as director of the Kamal Adham Center for Journalism Training and Research at the American University in Cairo. His work regularly appears in publications including the New York Times, ForeignPolicy.com, CNN.com, and he is frequently interviewed by international media. Pintak holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Wales. He served as a Middle East and North Africa adviser for Freedom of the Press.
Byron T. Scott is professor emeritus of journalism and director emeritus of the European Union Center at the University of Missouri at Columbia, and is a former newspaper and magazine journalist. His 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, Tbilisi State University, and Moscow State University. Currently, he is an adviser to the Open Society Institute’s Academic Fellowship Program. He served as a Central and Eastern Europe/Eurasia adviser for Freedom of the Press.
Wisdom J. Tettey is a professor and dean of the faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada. His research expertise and interests are in the areas of mass media and politics in Africa; ICTs, civic engagement, and transnational citizenship; and the political economy of globlalization and ICTs. Among his numerous publications on these subjects are: The Public Sphere and the Politics of Survival: Voice, Sustainability, and Public Policy in Ghana and African Media and the Digital Public Sphere. He has served as a consultant to various international organizations and recently coordinated a workshop for the African Capacity Building Foundation on “Information/Media Literacy, Informed Citizenship and Africa’s Development Agenda.” He is coediting a book and producing a resource kit on the subject. He served as sub-Saharan Africa adviser for Freedom of the Press.
David Ndirangu Wachanga is a professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He holds a PhD in information science from the University of North Texas. He has written on emerging technologies and message propagation, global information flow, and the use of communication technologies in restrictive information and economic environments. He has appeared on Voice of America (VOA) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to discuss media, technology, diasporas, and globalization. He is conducting research on the emerging intersections of new media and human rights. He is the editor of New Communication Technologies: Political, Ethnic, and Ideological Implications. His other works have appeared in popular press such as the Daily Nation, East African Standard, Business Daily, and North Texas Daily. He served as a sub-Saharan Africa adviser for Freedom of the Press.
Meredith L. Weiss is associate professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Student Activism in Malaysia: Crucible, Mirror, Sideshow and Protest and Possibilities: Civil Society and Coalitions for Political Change in Malaysia, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Most recently she was coeditor of Global Homophobia: States, Movements, and the Politics of Oppression and Between Protest & Powerlessness: Understanding Student Activism in Asia. Her research focuses on issues of collective identity and mobilization, sociopolitical development, civil society, human rights, and electoral politics in Southeast Asia. She served as an Asia-Pacific adviser for Freedom of the Press.