Attacks on press freedom rise during public health crisis
The International Press Institute has found that in both democratic and autocratic states the public health crisis has given governments the excuse of preventing the spread of disinformation to exercise control over the media, whether by criminalising journalism or controlling the public narrative and restricting access to information about the pandemic. The International Federal of Journalists has also found that three-quarters of journalists report that working conditions have deteriorated due to the combination of job losses and attacks on media freedom.
Writers: Associated Press; International Press Institute; International Federation of Journalists
Publication: Las Vegas Sun; International Press Institute; International Federation of Journalists