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Rush to pass ‘fake news’ laws during Covid-19 intensifying global media freedom challenges

By IPI Advocacy Officer Jamie Wiseman Few terms have become so engrained in global political discourse in the last half decade than that of so-called “fake news.” The widely used yet ill-defined phrase has become a messy shorthand enveloping everything from social media rumours, to online political disinformation, to state-sponsored internet propaganda. With vastly different […]

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New problems and some old ones: Austria’s media landscape under the pandemic

Covid-19 changed the world. So it’s only logical that it also had implications on the Austrian media landscape. Many of the implications are not specific to Austria: From March on, a lot of journalists started to work from home. Several newspapers decreased the number of pages, radio shows canceled episodes. Face-to-face interviews became impossible. Reporting […]

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Nigeria media houses attacked by protesters

The International Press Institute, a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today urged the Nigerian government to ensure the security of media outlets and journalists following attacks on offices of five media houses in Lagos. The offices of The Nation, the country’s leading daily; the popular private television channel […]

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Ján Kuciak: Telling the story that transformed Slovakia

The news came through in the morning of February 25, 2018. A young Slovak investigative journalist and his fiancée had been shot dead in their home. For Christoph Lehermayr, an Austrian investigative journalist working at the time in Vienna, the reaction was one of shock and disbelief. “I couldn’t believe what had happened. This wasn’t […]

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