The context in which the media operates is forecast to worsen. Insecurity and populism spread, governments copy restrictive and abusive practices from others, and new threats such as online harassment emerge. The COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated this downward spiral. Attacks on press freedom, including the use of emergency regulations to target those who inform the public, have proliferated around the world.
Journalists have been arrested, detained, threatened and assaulted for reporting on the pandemic or criticising their government’s approaches to it. More and more journalists are facing legal threats alone, without the protection of resourced media houses or the financial ability to pay for a good lawyer.
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