Global Journalist

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Drugs cartels impede press freedom in Colombia, Mexico

Journalists in Mexico and Columbia face threats of violence, even death, for not following the dictates of drug cartels, some of which enjoy the covert support of government officials.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Making sense of the UN and biodiversity policy

Delegates to a conference on biodiversity this week hope to set measurable goals to slow the disappearance of animals and plants. What will be the result? Journalists from Japan, New York and Washington, D.C., discuss the possibilities.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Chile, Hungary and covering industrial disasters

Journalists from Chile, Hungary and Washington, D.C. discuss the environmental and human cost of mining and other industrial processes in the wake of the Chilean mine accident and the toxic sludge spill in Hungary.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Do growing economies promote or threaten media?

What is the relationship among economic progress, stable government and press freedom? Journalists from Turkey and South Africa and an MU emeritus professor examine restrictions and freedoms the media in growing countries face.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Is Latin America's left wing declining?

Recent elections in Venezuela, the overthrow of the Honduran president in 2009 and doubts expressed about the Cuban model of government, the left wing seems to have faltered. What is the state of Latin American politics and how do they impact the world?

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Squabbles, crises ensnare European Union

Controversies about immigration and financial bailouts embroiled the European Union recently, while some countries there continue to function under caretaker governments. What do journalists working in Europe see as the implications of these struggles?

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Covering 9/11, Terry Jones and anti-Islam groups

How did media outlets around the world decide to cover 9/11? Was the media frenzy surrounding the Quran burning and the Ground Zero mosque unwarranted, or were these legitimate news topics?

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: What media, politicians can learn from Iraq

What are the lessons of Iraq, particularly for journalists who covered it? And how might the post-mortems on Iraq by Tony Blair and many others affect future foreign policy decisions by the United States and its allies?

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Is it xenophobia, or is it nationalism?

How should the news media cover xenophobic movements, and how do those movements differ around the world? What is their impact? "Global Journalist" talks with journalists based in America, Moscow, and Brussels.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Coverage of Pakistan floods lacks urgency

Disasters, such as the earthquake in Haiti, seemed to be covered with more urgency by the international media, especially in television coverage. The disaster in Pakistan has also served as an opportunity to foster better relationships and trust.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Countries should shift focus to saving species, preserving biodiversity

The United Nations has declared 2010 the year of biodiversity, with the hopes that this will be a step toward putting more focus on global sustainability. People also need to see that the value of ecosystems is about more than economics.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Problems in Mexico affect U.S.

This week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said that Mexico has joined Iraq and Afghanistan among the most dangerous places to be a journalist. There are many stories about Mexico that need to be brought to the public's attention, but journalists have to take great risks to investigate them.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: How significant are leaked Afghan war documents?

The impact of the leaked war documents is being compared to the Pentagon Papers. However, some journalists think the impact might take months to show up. This event also brings into question the effect of Wikileaks on reporting.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: New British prime minister visits U.S.

Governments worldwide paid attention to this week's first visit between Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Reactions to the Ugandan bombings

The bombings was the first act of international terrorism done by al-Shabab since it was established in 2007, so it was a shock to Ugandans. The president of Uganda has asked for more troops, but so far fighting the al-Shabab militarily has not really worked because they are guerilla fighters.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Questions emerge about Russian spies

Facts are still being disputed about the Russian spy case, in which 10 men and women were arrested on charges of spying for Russia while masquerading as ordinary Americans.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: A look at G-20 Summit protests

Several organizations including Amnesty International, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and a Facebook group with 13,000 members are calling for an independent probe into police action at the summit. They say police acted with disproportionate and excessive force.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: A look at World Refugee Day

The U.N. refugee agency reported that there are 43 million displaced people in the world and about 15 million of those are refugees. It's up to organizations like Human Rights Watch to come in and help U.N. organizations be more assertive in advocating for protection for refugees.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Implications of the Gulf oil spill

President Obama has called for a six-month moratorium on offshore drilling. He told the country it is time to embrace a clean energy future and to shift away from reliance on fossil fuels. But clean energy is only going to help us with the electric power side of the equation. In the United States, we almost use no oil in the electric power sector.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Excitement builds over World Cup

The World Cup starts Friday in South Africa. Hosting the World Cup well could give momentum to nation-building in a highly race- and class-polarized country where there is a lot of crime and violence.