FROM Abi Wright
Annual Report Documents 55 Journalists Killed in 2006 The war in Iraq and the rise of the Internet made the last year a bad one for journalists worldwide. Fifty-five were killed--some by assassination--and others are being held in prisons, including Guantánamo Bay. At a time when President Bush says he is spreading the values of democracy, the Committee to Protect Journalists has surveyed repression of the free media all over the world. Abi Wright, Communications Director for the Committee, says there's documentation of hundreds of cases in dozens of countries, including murders, assaults, imprisonments, censorship and legal harassment.
Thousands Mourn Death of Russian Journalist Thousands of people turned out in Moscow today for the funeral of Anna Politkovskaya , a sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin and of Russia's war in Chechnya. The Russian journalist was shot to death in her Moscow apartment in what's being called a contract killing. President Vladimir Putin denounced her murder as "disgustingly cruel," but said her influence was "very minor." Who was she and why was her work important?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.