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Blog: Restricting free speech to combat online harassment is not worth the risk

The growing phenomenon of online attacks against journalists – which include threats, insults and smear campaigns as a means of silencing them and challenging their credibility in the public arena – has escalated the perceived tension between the protection of media freedom as a precondition for independent journalism and calls for strong tools to limit […]

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Global press freedom crackdown widened in 2019

Despite a notable drop in the number of journalist killings, the global press freedom crisis deepened in 2019 as governments increasingly turned to legal harassment, smear campaigns and online attacks to pressure independent media and journalists into silence. The International Press Institute (IPI)’s global coverage of media freedom this year showed a rise in the […]

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Nigeria must amend vague ‘hate speech’ bill

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, joined its Nigerian National Committee in expressing concern over two cybercrime bills being considered in Nigeria targeting vague concepts of “hate speech”, “fake news” and misinformation. The first bill, the National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate […]

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Slovakia ruling party official attacks female journalists online

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today condemned a series of online attacks and smear attempts on women journalists in Slovakia by public officials linked to the ruling Smer – SD party. Though abusive online messages targeting prominent female journalists have become a […]

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