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Zimbabwe press freedom suffers under pandemic

On July 30, as Zimbabweans prepared to launch a nation-wide demonstration against government corruption, armed police raided the house of investigative journalist Mduduzi Mathuthu in Bulawayo. As he was not there, police arrested his sister. The warrant issued for Mathuthu’s arrest said that he was wanted in connection with “organising and advocating for illegal demonstrations […]

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The Covid-19 crisis highlights Greece’s media problem

This article is part of IPI’s series “Media freedom in the shadow of Covid“. During the lockdown that followed the Covid-19 outbreak, the Greek government allocated €20 million to media outlets for them to carry “Stay at Home” public health messages. It outsourced the distribution of these funds to a private media shop company, thereby […]

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Quality journalism is key to improved public health

The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world has posed a serious challenge to editors, media executives and journalists. While on the one hand press freedom violations have become rampant as many governments have tried to control the public narrative about the health crisis,  on the other hand reporting about it amidst changing scientific discourse has become […]

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Slovenia’s government targets public media in midst of pandemic

When the news finally broke on March 12 that Slovenia was going to officially declare Covid-19 as an epidemic, the Infodrom production team had just finished taping up programme’s latest episode. Produced by RTV Slovenija, the country’s public broadcaster, Infodrom is an award-winning, kids-oriented, weekly half-hour TV news programme and a key tenet of media […]

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