German satirical magazine "Titanic" managed to trick German tabloid "Bild" into publishing what it considered to be a major political scandal. Now, the hoax has given away to a larger debate on media ethics.
Nabeel Rajab was on trial for posting tweets that were critical of the Bahraini government. He had denounced the alleged use of torture in Bahraini prisons and abuses in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen.
There are still five German citizens or dual nationals sitting in Turkish prisons on legally dubious charges, according to Berlin. Ankara has been accused of using terror charges to crack down on political opposition.
Turkish journalist Ahmet Altan has been sentenced to life in prison for "violating the constitution." His daughter tells DW that the verdict is a political decision aimed at President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's opponents.
Deniz Yücel, a German journalist who had been in jail in Turkey for a year, has left the country. Berlin welcomed the news, but warned that other reporters, among them Germans, remain in detention.
Deniz Yücel has been detained in a Turkish prison for a year — he is among over 300 media professionals jailed globally.
There's rarely a discussion about German-Turkish relations in which Deniz Yücel's name does not come up. The imprisoned journalist has been effectively held hostage in Turkey by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a year.
Director General Limbourg launches DW Freedom in support of freedom of speech, freedom of expression and media freedom.
The shutting down of a US-funded Pashto-language radio station has raised concern over Pakistani authorities clamping down on free speech and Western media outlets in the country. Shah Meer Baloch reports.
Three major TV stations were shut down for "illegally" broadcasting Raila Odinga's mock "swearing-in" ceremony. Journalists slept in the newsroom overnight for fear of being arrested.
Bangladesh's government has approved the draft of a contentious digital security law aimed at tackling digital crimes. But journalists fear the proposed law could be used to muzzle freedom of expression in the country.
Press groups have argued that Germany's surveillance laws are unconstitutional as they allow foreign reporters to be monitored. The case is raising awareness on social media under the slogan "No trust, no news."
Turkish actor Baris Atay plays a dictator in a one-man show that is intended to get audiences thinking. The play has been banned in several Turkish cities, but Atay remains defiant.
German social media platforms are censoring legitimate content, including an image by an award-winning artist. Critics say Germany's much-lauded "lex Facebook" law encourages "overblocking."
A week after Germany's new online hate speech law came into effect, debates over the right to free speech are raging on social media. But can deleting hateful speech online also delete any opportunity to confront it.
The NetzDG law has been in force since the New Year and has already sparked multiple controversies. Opposition parties across the political spectrum including the Free Democrats, Greens and Left say its time for change.
Russia's media regulators are demanding Twitter and YouTube delete the accounts of "undesired" NGOs. If they don't, authorities say both sites will be blocked in the country. Will Moscow follow through on its threat?
More and more human rights advocates are paying the ultimate price for their activism. Many are threatened and harassed. For years, the situation of human rights advocates has been growing worse.
Newspapers are calling for the government to investigate the disappearance of a journalist who has not been seen in weeks. This is just the latest in a series of threats to a free and independent press in Tanzania.
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Women need to acquire a good level of media literacy to participate in social discussions and protect themselves from cyberbullying. An expert meeting held by DW Akademie in Nairobi, Kenya came to this conclusion.
DW Akademie supports the Tunisian web radio station Sidi Bouzid, which is produced in a state youth center. Young people develop content based on topics that are important to young people in the region.
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Sergey Elkin is a political cartoonist in Russia and a regular contributor to DW.
Media outlets tend to ignore aesthetics while covering art in the Arab world, instead opting to showcase controversial works. Magazine editor Maan Abu Taleb tells DW why it's his mission to change that.
The Bahraini government recently shuttered the country's only independent newspaper. Exiled journalist Nazeeha Saeed writes that the media can no longer hold the region's leaders accountable.
The latest internet technologies must be developed to encourage free speech and not be used as a tool to surveil and harass those who dare to speak up, says technologist Claudio Guarnieri.
Giving the White House Correspondents‘ Association a Freedom of Speech award was an 'impressive moment of international solidarity' says Turkish commentator Sedat Ergin.
As a part of DW's Freedom of Speech Project, three cartoonists offer their take on the state of free speech in their home countries: Russia, Turkey and Kenya.
A female academic in Uganda was arrested last month after she criticized the president and his minister wife. Journalist Lindsey Kukunda wonders whether the negative reactions to her views were because she’s a woman.
A new book "Usensurert" (Uncensored) by Norwegian journalist Birgitte C. Huitfeldt presents a look behind the veil of what it means to be a woman in the Muslim world. Jan Tomes talked to her about their concerns.
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