Proposals to toughen the Official Secrets Act are the latest in a long history of efforts designed to prevent government embarrassment.
Public interest disclosures are necessary in a functioning democracy. These reforms would make it harder to hold power to account.
Tighter controls are not the answer; the opportunity should be used to think differently about trust and journalism. It is critical to enable audiences to distinguish reliable, verified information.
Mainland China is tightening the screws on press freedom in Hong Kong.
The government now has a comprehensive blueprint on how to become more open and transparent on all levels, including national security. It’s time to walk the talk — but I’m not holding my breath.
No matter what tactics are used to muzzle, restrict, limit, or censor information, trustworthy information that serves the public good can still find its way to those who matter most: the citizens.
To build a political culture that supports democracy in South Africa, civic education needs to move beyond voter education.
The episode might have slipped quietly from the news had Nixon decided to not attack the messenger.
The history and weight of US press freedom played a powerful, but unacknowledged, role in the conviction of Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd.
Under cover of the coronavirus many countries are passing more draconian media laws.
A new interdisciplinary study provides a grim warning to dictators and despots, and even leaders in democracies. Curbing press freedoms may irreversibly damage the economy.
Hassan, like Magufuli before her, has taken office without her own political base and will also have to contend with revived factional manoeuvring.
It’s gospel for First Amendment advocates that lawsuits against news organizations chill freedom of the press. But in an era of rampant misinformation, such legal actions may be more accepted.
There is a deep and widening gulf in trust and communications between the agencies and the media that has clearly boiled over in ways that damage both institutions.
In her ruling, the judge rejected claims that Assange’s case was an assault on press freedom, which must concern anyone who believes in the oversight role that journalists play in a democracy.
Academic freedom is under assault around the world. Academics and students are being killed, injured, detained and disappeared in a pattern of disturbing increases in state repression.
More needs to be done to ensure that journalists can do their important work without fear or favour.
The need for safety of the media and the fact that they reserve the right to convey stories about any subject is uncontested.
Recommendations from a final report offer a few advances in striking the balance between national security and press freedom, but do not go nearly far enough.
Local journalists are afraid that the new law will be used to prosecute anyone who steps out of line.