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South Korea should withdraw new ‘fake news’ legislation

The IPI global network today expressed serious concern over a bill in South Korea that would raise punishments for media outlets sued for publishing “fake news”. South Korea’s governing Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) has introduced an amendment to the Media Arbitration Act that lawmakers claim is intended to combat the spread of false information. [...]

Covering the Pandemic – African Journalism in the Era of COVID-19

Efforts by the governments and conflicts have become a major obstacle in reporting on COVID-19 pandemic in Africa. Journalists are struggling to get accurate information from their governments, which are attempting to control the public narrative about the unprecedented health crisis, according to panellists who participated in a webinar  jointly organized by the International Press [...]

IPI condemns raid on Al Jazeera office in Tunisia

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and journalists for press freedom, today vehemently condemned the raid on the Al Jazeera office in Tunis and urged the Tunisian government to respect press freedom. According to media reports, the office of Al Jazeera television network in the Tunisian capital Tunis, was [...]

Guest Article: COVID-19 contact tracing apps: A threat to press freedom and journalists’ privacy?

Contact tracing is seen as a crucial tool to combat the coronavirus pandemic. To facilitate this process, more and more countries are relying on digital mechanisms such as contract tracing apps. As their purpose is to track people’s location and movement, by their very nature these apps raise challenging questions about privacy, including for the [...]

Noted anti-corruption journalist arrested in Bangladesh

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network for editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today vehemently condemned the arrest of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam and demanded her immediate release. According to news reports, Rozina Islam, a senior reporter of Prothom Alo, a leading  national newspaper, was arrested in the capital Dhaka [...]

Over 600 COVID-19 related press freedom violations in past year

A little more than one year after the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic, IPI data show the extent to which media outlets and journalists have faced harassment and attacks while doing their jobs in reporting on the unprecedented health crisis. Since February 5, 2020, IPI’s COVID-19 Press Freedom Tracker has recorded 620 press freedom [...]

In Zimbabwe, one year of COVID-19 saw surge in harassment of free press

One year ago, in March 2020, Kudzanai Musengi, a senior journalist, was covering the impact of a freshly imposed COVID-19 lockdown in the central business district in Gweru, Zimbabwe, when he was suddenly arrested. Police claimed that Musengi had been working without valid accreditation. Musengi’s arrest was a harbinger of Zimbabwe’s coming efforts to silence [...]

Malaysia ‘fake news’ law a threat to press freedom

Malaysia’s new “fake news” regulation poses a grave threat to press freedom and freedom of expression, the International Press Institute (IPI) said today. The country’s government implemented the law under emergency powers imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. In doing so, it circumvented the Malaysian parliament, which was suspended earlier this year as part of [...]

Spanish regional daily focuses on network-building to keep local journalism strong

This article is part of IPI's series "Media Freedom in Europe in the Shadow of Covid" Heraldo de Aragón is a regional daily newspaper in Spain founded 125 years ago and published in Zaragoza, in the country’s northeast Aragón province. It has the highest circulation in its distribution area. In 2011, it founded Hiberus, a [...]

IPI re-launches COVID-19 press freedom tracker with new features

Visit the IPI COVID-19 Press Freedom Tracker   Nearly 500 press freedom violations in connection with COVID-19 have taken place this year, according to the International Press Institute (IPI)‘s COVID-19 Press Freedom Tracker. Since March, IPI has monitored attacks on journalists and limitations on press freedom related to the ongoing pandemic. IPI today [...]

Recht auf Information leidet in Rumänien während Pandemie weiter

Read in English In Rumänien ist das Recht auf Zugriff auf Informationen oft eine komplizierte Angelegenheit für Journalisten und Bürger gleichermaßen. Zeugenaussagen in der Bukarester und der regionalen Presse beschreiben willkürliche Verweigerungen der Behörden, die angeforderten Daten freizugeben, ungerechtfertigte Verzögerungen und verworrene bürokratische Verfahren, die oft vor Gericht enden. Die Auswirkungen auf eine faire und [...]