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Jennifer Dunham

Senior Research Analyst for Freedom of the World and Freedom of the Press
Freedom House

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Episode Summary
Finding press freedom to be at its lowest level in a decade, Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press 2014 is garnering much attention in the international community. Jennifer Dunham, Senior Research Analyst at Freedom House, joins co-host Alistair Edgar in this Current Issues podcast to discuss the organization and Freedom of the Press in-depth. What is the methodology used in the survey? What are the key findings and status changes in the 2014 report> What influenced the decline in the U.S. measure of freedom? How are governments attempting to restrict and suppress independent information and how is the rise in “attacking the messenger” influencing journalists? Addressing these topics and a series of other questions, Jennifer Dunham provides insight into Freedom House, Freedom of the Press and the many challenges facing press reporters – and the ‘fourth
estate’ as a critical contributor to informed civic engagement – around the world.

Additional Resources
Overview Essay of Freedom of the Press 2014
Report: Freedom of the Press 2014 (PDF)

Interactive Website: Freedom of the Press 2014

About Jennifer Dunham 
Jennifer Dunham is a senior research analyst at Freedom House, where she helps to manage the Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press projects, writes country reports for both publications for several southern African countries, and performs extensive editing of reports and other materials. She also gives interviews and briefings to the media, U.S. government agencies, and international organizations on the findings of Freedom House’s analysis. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history-sociology from Columbia University and a master’s degree in international relations from New York University, where she wrote her thesis on women’s access to transitional justice in Rwanda and Sierra Leone.

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Feature Photo Credit: Anonymous,  from Freedom House’s Images of Repression and Freedom: 2012 – 2014.
Shared and adapted under the Creative Commons License (Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic )
Description: State of the Nation. A standoff between protesters, including activist Boniface Mwangi (center left), Reverend Timothy Njoya (center), and police in Nairobi after police banned an organized protest known as “State of the Nation,” against the crackdown on free speech and assembly.

Recorded May 2014