Journalists are under mounting pressure not only in countries like Russia and China but also Western democracies. PEN America’s Tom Melia talks to Greg about the threat from fake news, social media and rising autocrats ahead of World Press Freedom Day on May 3. We also hear from journalists Emily Schultheis, Anastasia Kirilenko, Roman Badanin, Karina Piser and Karine Orlova about their work and what the date means to them.


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Washington Director, PEN America





Executive Director, Institute of Current World Affairs

Journalist, author of Russians: The People Behind the Power


Also featuring:

Emily Schultheis, ICWA fellow

Anastasia Kirilenko, The Insider

Roman Badanin, Proekt

Karina Piser, ICWA fellow

Karine Orlova, The American Interest


The Cable is produced by Rebecca Picard.



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