IWpR trainee conducting an interview for Nadhrat al-Shafafa radio in South Sudan.
IWpR trainee conducting an interview for Nadhrat al-Shafafa radio in South Sudan. © IWPR

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World Press Freedom Day 2021

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"The stakes could not be higher: for the individuals, for their communities, and for a world which against a deluge of lies above all needs honest information."

Anthony Borden

Anthony Borden
IWPR FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Ten Years on from Tahrir Square: Freedom of Expression in the Middle East

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"Always when I think of press freedom I think of my colleague Jamal Khashoggi... Jamal’s work is not over – it lives on in the spirit of every reporter working to bring truth to light."

Anthony Borden
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Senior Fellow at Yale University
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Protestors rally at the Michigan State Capitol.
Protestors rally at the Michigan State Capitol. © Sarah Rice/Getty Images
Protestors try to enter the Michigan House of Representative chamber and are being kept out by the State Police. April 30, 2020.
Protestors try to enter the Michigan House of Representative chamber and are being kept out by the State Police. April 30, 2020. © Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images
A clip of President Donald Trump's press conference is played on 'Fox And Friends', seen on a monitor outside of the Fox News studios.
A clip of President Donald Trump's press conference is played on 'Fox And Friends', seen on a monitor outside of the Fox News studios. © Drew Angerer/Getty Images
An aerial view of ruined structures at the port.
An aerial view of ruined structures at the port. © Haytham El Achkar/Getty Images
An aerial view of ruined structures at the port.
An aerial view of ruined structures at the port. © Haytham El Achkar/Getty Images
Destroyed buildings are visible a day after a massive explosion occurred at the port.
Destroyed buildings are visible a day after a massive explosion occurred at the port. © Daniel Carde/Getty Images
A woman looks out of the collapsed facade of an apartment, damaged by an explosion a day earlier.
A woman looks out of the collapsed facade of an apartment, damaged by an explosion a day earlier. © Marwan Tahtah/Getty Images
Men walk on debris from a buildings collapsed facade.
Men walk on debris from a buildings collapsed facade. © Marwan Tahtah/Getty Images
Soldiers help gather injured people after the explosion.
Soldiers help gather injured people after the explosion. © Daniel Carde/Getty Images
People walk past a child's doll that was blown out of a nearby building.
People walk past a child's doll that was blown out of a nearby building. © Daniel Carde/Getty Images
Buildings lie ruined near the city's port, devastated by an explosion a day earlier, on August 5, 2020 in Beirut, Lebanon.
Buildings lie ruined near the city's port, devastated by an explosion a day earlier, on August 5, 2020 in Beirut, Lebanon. © Marwan Tahtah/Getty Images
Officials said a waterfront warehouse storing highly explosive material, reportedly 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate, was the cause of the blast.
Officials said a waterfront warehouse storing highly explosive material, reportedly 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate, was the cause of the blast. © Daniel Carde/Getty Images
An aerial view of ruined structures at the port, damaged by an explosion a day earlier, on August 5, 2020 in Beirut, Lebanon.
An aerial view of ruined structures at the port, damaged by an explosion a day earlier, on August 5, 2020 in Beirut, Lebanon. © Haytham El Achkar/Getty Images
Pro-democracy protesters march on a street as they take part in a demonstration on December 8, 2019 in Hong Kong, China.
Pro-democracy protesters march on a street as they take part in a demonstration on December 8, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. © Anthony Kwan/Getty Images
A scene from Aleppo, photo from 2013.
A scene from Aleppo, photo from 2013. © Zakaria Abdulkafi/AFP
A scene from Aleppo, photo from 2013.
A scene from Aleppo, photo from 2013. © Zakaria Abdulkafi/AFP
A scene from Aleppo, photo from 2013.
A scene from Aleppo, photo from 2013. © Zakaria Abdulkafi/AFP
A scene from Aleppo, photo from 2013.
A scene from Aleppo, photo from 2013. © Zakaria Abdulkafi/AFP
A scene from Aleppo, photo from 2013.
A scene from Aleppo, photo from 2013. © Zakaria Abdulkafi/AFP
A scene from Aleppo, photo from 2015.
A scene from Aleppo, photo from 2015. © Zakaria Abdulkafi/AFP
A scene from Aleppo, photo from 2013.
A scene from Aleppo, photo from 2013. © Zakaria Abdulkafi/AFP
A scene from Aleppo, photo from 2014.
A scene from Aleppo, photo from 2014. © Zakaria Abdulkafi/AFP
A scene from Aleppo, photo from 2015.
A scene from Aleppo, photo from 2015. © Zakaria Abdulkafi/AFP
A scene from Aleppo, photo from 2016.
A scene from Aleppo, photo from 2016. © Zakaria Abdulkafi/AFP
A scene from Aleppo, photo from 2014.
A scene from Aleppo, photo from 2014. © Zakaria Abdulkafi/AFP
Rano is a seamstress by trade, but now works at a café in Tashkent. She said she has a guaranteed wage and likes her work. Rano is officially registered at work, which guarantees her an above minimum pension.
Rano is a seamstress by trade, but now works at a café in Tashkent. She said she has a guaranteed wage and likes her work. Rano is officially registered at work, which guarantees her an above minimum pension. © IWPR
Malika sells candy floss in the busy Chorsu market in Tashkent. She earns about 40,000 soms (four dollars) a day.
Malika sells candy floss in the busy Chorsu market in Tashkent. She earns about 40,000 soms (four dollars) a day. © IWPR
Nasiba sells oilcloth in a homeware shop in Chorsu.
Nasiba sells oilcloth in a homeware shop in Chorsu. © IWPR
Seamstress Umida works in a small dressmaking workshop in the old town of Tashkent. Her salary depends on her orders; it costs around 120,000 soms (12 dollars) to make each dress.
Seamstress Umida works in a small dressmaking workshop in the old town of Tashkent. Her salary depends on her orders; it costs around 120,000 soms (12 dollars) to make each dress. © IWPR
Zukhra Opa has been selling various charms for many years. Kuzmunchok are traditional handmade beads to protect the wearer from the evil eye. These are often bought for kids, for about 3,000-5,000 soms (three to five dollars) each. Zukhra Opa said she earned a decent wage.
Zukhra Opa has been selling various charms for many years. Kuzmunchok are traditional handmade beads to protect the wearer from the evil eye. These are often bought for kids, for about 3,000-5,000 soms (three to five dollars) each. Zukhra Opa said she earned a decent wage. © IWPR
Firuza sells traditional Uzbek food at the market. She is saving her money to help pay for her granddaughters weddings.
Firuza sells traditional Uzbek food at the market. She is saving her money to help pay for her granddaughters weddings. © IWPR
Mamlakat sells fish from Chinaz in the Tashkent region, which together with chicken is now seen as an affordable source of protein. Beef and lamb cost too much. She said she earns well, but has to save for the summer months when people don’t buy fish.
Mamlakat sells fish from Chinaz in the Tashkent region, which together with chicken is now seen as an affordable source of protein. Beef and lamb cost too much. She said she earns well, but has to save for the summer months when people don’t buy fish. © IWPR
Dilafruz, a folk dancer, also teaches children and adults. She likes her job and thinks everyone should learn traditional dance. “Girls should learn how to dance from childhood because it gives them grace and confidence,” she said.
Dilafruz, a folk dancer, also teaches children and adults. She likes her job and thinks everyone should learn traditional dance. “Girls should learn how to dance from childhood because it gives them grace and confidence,” she said. © IWPR
Kamola sells balloons, earning 30,000-40,000 sons each day a day (three to four dollars). She said she spends her money on her children.
Kamola sells balloons, earning 30,000-40,000 sons each day a day (three to four dollars). She said she spends her money on her children. © IWPR
Salomat lives in a mountain village near Tashkent and sells flowers from her garden and the surrounding fields. Prices start at 1,000 som, or only one cent. She stands outside the subway station and sells her flowers before they wither; or before the police come and move her on.
Salomat lives in a mountain village near Tashkent and sells flowers from her garden and the surrounding fields. Prices start at 1,000 som, or only one cent. She stands outside the subway station and sells her flowers before they wither; or before the police come and move her on. © IWPR
The Stepanakert-Sarushen road, guarded by Armenian soldiers.
The Stepanakert-Sarushen road, guarded by Armenian soldiers. © Vaghinak Ghazaryan
Larisa Harapetyan, 43, who works at the village post office, with her husband Artik, 49, a forest ranger who volunteered with the army during the war. This is the only spot in Sarushen where mobile phone connection is available.
Larisa Harapetyan, 43, who works at the village post office, with her husband Artik, 49, a forest ranger who volunteered with the army during the war. This is the only spot in Sarushen where mobile phone connection is available. © Vaghinak Ghazaryan
Benjamin, 14, the eldest of Artik and Larisa’s three sons.
Benjamin, 14, the eldest of Artik and Larisa’s three sons. © Vaghinak Ghazaryan
Pictures of Artik's family. His brother never returned from the first Karabakh war, while his mother died shortly before the most recent conflict.
Pictures of Artik's family. His brother never returned from the first Karabakh war, while his mother died shortly before the most recent conflict. © Vaghinak Ghazaryan
Larisa fled the city of Sumgayit in Azerbaijan, amid violence shortly before the first Karabakh war.
Larisa fled the city of Sumgayit in Azerbaijan, amid violence shortly before the first Karabakh war. © Vaghinak Ghazaryan
The family loves to spend time on the balcony, especially in summer.
The family loves to spend time on the balcony, especially in summer. © Vaghinak Ghazaryan
The village of Khramort in the Askeran region, with the new frontier visible.
The village of Khramort in the Askeran region, with the new frontier visible. © Vaghinak Ghazaryan
Galust, a 69-year-old tractor driver, watches television in his front room.
Galust, a 69-year-old tractor driver, watches television in his front room. © Vaghinak Ghazaryan
Two of Galust and Lily’s grandsons, 11-year-old Galust and Narek, eight.
Two of Galust and Lily’s grandsons, 11-year-old Galust and Narek, eight. © Vaghinak Ghazaryan
Khramort is one of the northern villages in the Askeran region. The ruined houses in the upper part of the village were burnt during the first Karabakh war, when the village was occupied by Azeris.
Khramort is one of the northern villages in the Askeran region. The ruined houses in the upper part of the village were burnt during the first Karabakh war, when the village was occupied by Azeris. © Vaghinak Ghazaryan
Galust with his youngest grandson Narek.
Galust with his youngest grandson Narek. © Vaghinak Ghazaryan
A scene from Khramort.
A scene from Khramort. © Vaghinak Ghazaryan
Galust with his sons Kajik and Gagik-a 42-year-old cattle breeder - and grandchildren.
Galust with his sons Kajik and Gagik-a 42-year-old cattle breeder - and grandchildren. © Vaghinak Ghazaryan
A piece of metal torn from a car. This is the new border sign, reading Do Not Pass.
A piece of metal torn from a car. This is the new border sign, reading Do Not Pass. © Vaghinak Ghazaryan
Armenian soldiers guard the outskirts of the village of Khramort.
Armenian soldiers guard the outskirts of the village of Khramort. © Vaghinak Ghazaryan
Parts of the building housing the parliament and president's office were set alight during the night.
Parts of the building housing the parliament and president's office were set alight during the night. © IWPR
Large crowds of protesters gathered in Ala-Too square.
Large crowds of protesters gathered in Ala-Too square. © IWPR
A burnt-out car in the centre of Bishkek.
A burnt-out car in the centre of Bishkek. © IWPR
Protesters from numerous political groups continued to gather in Bishkek.
Protesters from numerous political groups continued to gather in Bishkek. © IWPR
Protests continued for a second day in Ala-Too square.
Protests continued for a second day in Ala-Too square. © IWPR
The honour guard continued to patrol.
The honour guard continued to patrol. © IWPR
Volunteers distributed water and snacks to protesters.
Volunteers distributed water and snacks to protesters. © IWPR
The parliament and president's office building.
The parliament and president's office building. © IWPR
Volunteers helped clear rubbish from the square.
Volunteers helped clear rubbish from the square. © IWPR
Moslawi traditional band playing music from the 19th century.
Moslawi traditional band playing music from the 19th century. © IWPR
Preparations for the festival.
Preparations for the festival. © IWPR
A view from the stage.
A view from the stage. © IWPR
Festival audience.
Festival audience. © IWPR
Food pavilion.
Food pavilion. © IWPR
Nasser with the key of Mosul.
Nasser with the key of Mosul. © IWPR
Festival crowd with the art pavilion in the foreground.
Festival crowd with the art pavilion in the foreground. © IWPR
Crowd enjoying the festival.
Crowd enjoying the festival. © IWPR
One of the policeman securing the venue.
One of the policeman securing the venue. © IWPR
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