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India and Jordan have relatively strong reputations for press freedom–at least in comparison to their neighbors. 

In the first of a two-part series on press freedom around the world, a look at the challenges for reporters in these two key U.S. allies. In Jordan, those who "undermine the dignity" of King Abdullah II may be criminally prosecuted. Meanwhile in India, press freedom has worsened under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On this special edition of Global Journalist, a look at press freedom in India and Jordan with journalists visiting the U.S. on fellowships from the Alfred Friendly Press Partners.

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Fifty years ago this week, Israelis were riding high. In just six days, the Jewish state’s army had won a stunning victory over the combined militaries of Egypt, Syria and Jordan. Israel more than tripled in size, winning control of the West Bank, the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip and the Sinai peninsula.

But a half century later, the legacy of that war looks decidedly different. This month’s celebrations in Israel were muted, not least because its military continues to occupy the West Bank and guard over 3 million stateless and impoverished Palestinians.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the mixed legacy of the Jewish state's greatest military victory.


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From the Thinking Out Loud archives we go back to November 2015 for a conversation with a troupe of Jewish and Palestinian thespians who visited Columbia for a play about living together despite major differences.


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It’s said that truth is often the first casualty in war. And for media in the Palestinian territories–where conflict has been the norm for more than six decades– giving the public an accurate picture of the news is a huge challenge.

In Gaza, where Hamas rules, Palestinian journalists must toe the line or face consequences. In the West Bank, governed by the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority, reporters can face criminal charges for covering corruption or criticizing officials.

Meanwhile Israeli forces have become increasingly aggressive towards Palestinian journalists, sometimes placing them in indefinite "administrative detention" without trial.


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In the wake of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surprisingly wide election victory, Global Journalist examines whether Israel's politics have fundamentally shifted to the right on everything from security to the possibility of a Palestinian state.

Our guests this week:

Israeli Ground Operation In Gaza Continues

Jul 18, 2014

This post was updated at 6:15 p.m. ET:

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to the Middle East on Saturday in hopes of finding a way to stop the fighting between Israel and Hamas.

"Israel has legitimate security concerns, and we condemn the indiscriminate rocket fire from Gaza into Israel that ended yesterday's temporary cease-fire," Jeffrey Feltman, deputy U.N. secretary-general for political affairs, told the Security Council on Friday. "But we are alarmed by Israel's heavy response."

Conflict between Israel, Hamas intensifies

Jul 17, 2014
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For the third time in six years, major fighting has broken out between Israel and Hamas. Last month, three Israeli teens were abducted and killed in the West Bank, an attack Israel blamed on Hamas. Hamas denied responsibility for the murders. In apparent retaliation, a Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and set alight, allegedly by Israelis who have subsequently been arrested for the crime. Israel and Hamas have launched rocket attacks against each other, with Israeli rockets killing nearly 200 Palestinians in Gaza, and Hamas' rockets wounding almost 30 Israelis.