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Could it happen here?

September 29, 2017

Here’s how it happened for the Cambodia Daily.
On Sunday, September 3rd, the leader of the opposition party was arrested in the middle of the night, charged with treason, and taken to a remote prison. The following edition of the paper carried the headline “Descent into outright dictatorship,” above the fold. At the bottom was an article titled “Cambodia Daily faces immediate closure amidst threats.” That was the last issue.  

(Click on the photo above for “The Devastating Shutdown of the Cambodia Daily” in The New Yorker.)

It’s been a tough year for journalists.  Another recent example comes from India where The Wire, reports that the well-respected editor of the Hindustan Times was ousted after objections from the Prime Minister reportedly over the newspaper’s so-called Hate Tracker, a national database on crimes in the name of religion, caste, and  race.

Curious about the overall situation globally?  Click HERE for the Committee to Protect Journalists 2017 edition ofAttacks on the Press.

In South Africa, there’s pressure on the press but great newspapers endure, including the partner on our program,The Times. Photo left shows some of our students with their Round Earth advisor, South African journalist Paddi Clay.  This week they attended the opening of the largest contemporary art museum in Africa, an historic event at which Nobel Prize Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke.

By the way, South Africa ranks 31st (out of 180 countries) on the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.

The United States ranks 43rd.

With warm regards,


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