Open Up

As broadband spreads, more foreign media firms are peddling press freedom

CHINA

Microblogging Pushes the Envelope

China's state-controlled news outlets, which compete fiercely for stories and revenue, are starting to push back in a small way against government censorship as private sites like Sina Weibo air stories of foul play by the Communist Party. Private news outlets like Caixin, the Economist of China, are growing, as is foreign ad investment. Economics remains easier to cover without restriction than politics.

BRAZIL

Free-Press Laws Take Hold

President Dilma Rousseff vowed to crack down on censorship following allegations about press freedom that circulated during her election campaign in 2010. After entering office, she signed a...

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