IPI COVID-19 Press Freedom Tracker

Amid the spread of COVID-19, the free flow of news and information is more essential than ever.
IPI‘s COVID-19 Tracker is monitoring attacks on journalists and the press worldwide linked to the pandemic.

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Press freedom violations linked to COVID-19

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08.11.2020
1 case

TV crew harassed filming anti-lockdown protest in Austria

Europe: Austria
Verbal, online or physical attack: Verbal attack or intimidation by public (non online)
05.11.2020
1 case

Photojournalists reporting on anti-lockdown protest in UK face threats of arrest from police

Europe: United Kingdom
Verbal, online or physical attack: Verbal attack or intimidation by authorities
05.11.2020
1 case

TV host attacked covering violent anti-lockdown protest in Slovenia

Europe: Slovenia
Verbal, online or physical attack: Physical attack by public
05.11.2020
1 case

Photojournalist hospitalized after blow to the head during protest coverage in Slovenia

Europe: Slovenia
Verbal, online or physical attack: Physical attack by public
02.11.2020
2 cases

Two journalists of NSC TV in Brazil attacked while covering COVID-19 restrictions

Americas: Brazil
Verbal, online or physical attack: Physical attack by public
31.10.2020
1 case

La Nazione photojournalist hospitalized with head trauma after attack in Italy

Europe: Italy
Verbal, online or physical attack: Physical attack by public
30.10.2020
1 case

Video journalist threatened and attack by anti-COVID lockdown protesters in Italy

Europe: Italy
Verbal, online or physical attack: Verbal attack or intimidation by public (non online)
28.10.2020
2 cases

Italian TG2 reporting crew threatened and robbed while covering Palermo protests

Europe: Italy
Verbal, online or physical attack: Verbal attack or intimidation by public (non online)
25.10.2020
1 case

Journalist threatened to be hanged during COVID-19 protest in Germany

Europe: Germany
Verbal, online or physical attack: Verbal attack or intimidation by public (non online)
24.10.2020
1 case

Life-size doll with “Covid-Presse” sign hung in Germany

Europe: Germany
Verbal, online or physical attack: Verbal attack or intimidation by public (non online)
23.10.2020
3 cases

TV crew attacked while report live from anti-lockdown protests in Italy

Europe: Italy
Verbal, online or physical attack: Physical attack by public
19.10.2020
1 case

Journalist faces threats and intimidation from COVID-19 measures protesters in Italy “

Europe: Italy
Verbal, online or physical attack: Verbal attack or intimidation by public (non online)
17.10.2020
1 case

Malta journalists accuse broadcasting authority of “censoring” press questions on COVID-19

Europe: Malta
Restrictions on access to information: Access restricted to officials / press conferences
16.10.2020
1 case

Slovenian camera crew attacked while filming anti-lockdown protests

Europe: Slovenia
Verbal, online or physical attack: Verbal attack or intimidation by public (non online)
14.10.2020
1 case

Czech news outlet Forum 24 denied access to online press conferences during COVID-19

Europe: Czechia
Restrictions on access to information: Access restricted to officials / press conferences
14.10.2020
2 cases

N1 TV crew insulted and threatened over protective masks

Europe: Croatia
Verbal, online or physical attack: Verbal attack or intimidation by public (non online)
10.10.2020
1 case

Italian journalists reporting on “No-mask” protest threatened and insulted

Europe: Italy
Verbal, online or physical attack: Verbal attack or intimidation by public (non online)
04.10.2020
3 cases

Crew of 13TV network attacked while covering Coronavirus lockdown

Israel
Verbal, online or physical attack: Physical attack by public
23.09.2020
2 cases

Most-read newspaper in Polish denied plane accreditation over COVID-19 seat restrictions

Europe: Poland
Restrictions on access to information: Press passes / accreditation revoked or denied
24.08.2020
4 cases

Digital attacks raise fears over press freedoms in Indonesia

Indonesia
Verbal, online or physical attack: Online intimidation or smear

This database was built with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom: European Dialogue.

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