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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Bill Steinman
Contributing Editor

Are ‘news deserts’ the latest risk factor for corruption?

UNC Professor Penny AbernathyThe journalism school at the University of North Carolina has produced an extensive and brilliant report about the sad decline of the American newspaper industry.

According to the report’s author, Penny Abernathy, the business model for newspapers that worked for 200 years began to fail 15 years ago.… Continue Reading

Press freedom and corruption

Image courtesy of the World Association of Newspapers and News PublishersToday is Press Freedom Day, when the world celebrates the virtues of a free press and remembers that in so many countries, press freedom is just a dream.… Continue Reading

Trial of anti-graft bloggers opens in Vietnam

Three bloggers who reported about alleged corruption in Vietnam are on trial for spreading propaganda against the state. 

Nguyen Van Hai, Phan Thanh Hai, and Ta Phong Tan face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.… Continue Reading

More Sunshine, But Still Partly Cloudy

At the DOJ’s celebration of Sunshine Week yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder, left, said the DOJ is committed to more transparency and accountability.

The AG said the Justice Department responded to more Freedom of Information Act requests in 2011, reduced the backlog of pending requests, and set the tone for the entire federal government.… Continue Reading

In Oman, Exposing Graft Is A Crime

Two newspaper journalists in Oman were sentenced Thursday to five months in prison for reporting alleged government corruption.

Editor Ibrahim al-Mammari and reporter Yousef al-Haj were jailed ‘for insulting the justice minister and his undersecretary by accusing them of deception and fraud in a recent article,’ Reuters said.… Continue Reading

The Press v. Corruption

In its landmark 2002 study, The right to tell: The role of mass media in economic development (here), the World Bank said a free press contributes to cleaner governments — and to better education, improved public health, lower infant mortality rates, and higher incomes.… Continue Reading