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WPFD 2020: COVID-19 accelerating a global decline in media freedom

In a short space of time, the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped much of the world and posed unprecedented new challenges to journalists and media outlets alike. In many autocratic countries with already poor records on press freedom, governments have abused emergency measures to crack down further on independent media and tighten control over information. In […]

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Growing press freedom violations in Africa amid COVID-19

With the rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 infections in Africa, governments across the continent quickly imposed lockdowns to prevent the disease’s further spread. In many countries, these measures included blanket bans on movement, while others imposed social distancing. The tough enforcement of these rules has posed serious challenges for journalists and media outlets […]

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Israel court strengthens journalists’ rights amid surveillance push

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, welcomes the decision of Israel’s High Court of Justice ordering the government to provide exemptions for journalists from coronavirus-related mobile phone tracking. The decision was part of a broader ruling by the High Court on April 26 […]

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India: Press freedom rapidly deteriorating

Press freedom in India faces a rapid downward spiral as journalists are being targeted by the government in a bid to control the narrative in the country on the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Press Institute warned in a statement today. The Indian government has resorted to various tactics to prevent independent media from reporting about […]

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