A group of 50 governments is meeting in Estonia to discuss ways to protect journalists. But are their voices being heard?
Journalists and media workers around the world are increasingly being targeted, especially in countries where authoritarian regimes hold power.
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.
Under cover of the coronavirus many countries are passing more draconian media laws.
Despite continual threats, the media in Uganda continues to tackle controversial issues and break big stories of corruption and abuse of power.
Whatever the reason for faking Arkady Babchenko’s death, this episode will not make journalists any safer.
The problem is not the journalism itself, but the editorial processes that increasingly rely on non-journalistic procedures and practices.
Press freedom has changed little in the past decade. If the African Union is to commit to the principles of democracy, it needs to do more to uphold freedom of expression and protects its journalists.
Namibia’s rise in the World Press Freedom rankings is stunning. The media environment in Africa, too, has improved. But media closures and the harassment of journalists are not yet things of the past.