Freedom of the Press

Freedom House calls for the Kosovo government to fully investigate the recent threats made against investigative journalist Jeta Xharra and hold those responsible accountable.

Freedom House denounces the North Korean regime’s decision to sentence two American reporters to 12 years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and committing an unspecified “grave crime” and calls for their immediate release.

Journalists faced an increasingly grim working environment in 2008, with global press freedom declining for a seventh straight year and deterioration occurring for the first time in every region, according to Freedom House's annual media study. The rollback was not confined to traditionally authoritarian states; with Israel, Italy and Hong Kong slipping from the study's Free category to Partly Free status.
Freedom of the Press, Freedom House's annual assessment of media freedom in 195 countries and territories, will be formally released on Friday, May 1 at 10 a.m. EST in advance of World Press Freedom Day.

Freedom House is deeply concerned by reports that an Iranian judge has charged Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi with spying for the United States and calls for her immediate release.

Freedom House calls for an independent inquiry into the death of Omidreza Mirsayafi, an Iranian blogger who had just begun serving a two-year prison sentence for posting comments on his blog about Iran's leaders.
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