With World Press Freedom Day approaching Thursday, here's a good overview piece by Gene Policinski, executive director of the First Amendment Center, on the troubles journalists continue to face around the globe.
Meanwhile, a list released by the Committee to Protect Journalists identifies the 10 most repressive places in the world for press freedom. This AP story gives the harrowing details.
One of the nations on that unsavory list is Burma. But, on a more hopeful note, Burma today is the setting for one of the most inspiring international stories of the year so far. In a nation where democratic reform is gaining a foothold, Nobel laureate and icon of demoracy Aung San Suu Kyi has just been sworn in as a member of Parliament after spending many years under house arrest over the past two decades. This Voice of America story tells her unlikely and uplifting tale.
Let's hope that press freedom in Burma, and elsewhere, will soon follow. Democracy won't truly exist without it.
(The photo of Aung San Suu Kyi from her swearing in today is from the Associated Press.)