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Jeff Mason, president of the White House Correspondents' Association, was awarded DW's Freedom of Speech award this year. If anybody knows the ins and outs of the intersection between the media and the Trump Administration, it's Jeff. Worldlink caught up with him to talk about what it's like to be in that "warzone".
What is the common denominator between a satirist from Zimbabwe and a gravely serious investigative reporter active throughout the Arab World? Tongai Leslie Makawa works for Zambezi news, a spoof of Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation. And Rana Sabbagh is the head of the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism. They sat down with DW's WorldLink to talk about the challenges they face.
In an exclusive interview with DW, Dilek Yucel shares details about her husband's ongoing imprisonment in Turkey. Deniz Yucel, a German-Turkish journalist, was arrested earlier this year on suspicion of espionage. He is one of thousands of reporters, teachers and public workers to have been targeted by President Recep Erdogan since the attempted coup last year.
In this year's edition of the World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders, Slovakia came first among Central European countries. But there's growing concern that the government there is seeking to control public media. There's been fierce criticism of state media coverage by the country's populist Prime Minister Robert Fico and rumours of management changes.