Since May, various Western media outlets have faced criticism from academics and journalists over the recent coverage on Palestine. Experts say rigidity in newsrooms has contributed to biased coverage.
During the recent Israel-Palestine conflict three media buildings were destroyed, journalists were assaulted, and little information has been shared by officials. Free press experts said the violations set a dangerous precedent for press freedom in the region.
During an interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year, Meghan Markle said she experienced unfair treatment from the royal family and UK tabloids. Public outrage after the interview has fueled calls for abolishing the monarchy.
The military junta in Myanmar has attempted to violently curtail the free press and silence opposition. Local activists have slammed reporting by international media for legitimizing the regime, and have asked for the U.N. to intervene.
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Australia reached a deal with Facebook after weeks of negotiations. The social media giant will pay Murdoch’s company to share content from its major media outlets like The Australian and Sky News Australia.
A declassified report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, personally ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. But, to the dismay of journalists and human rights advocates, the U.S. won’t sanction the prince.
Chinese officials banned BBC World News on Feb. 12, a week after the U.K. pulled the license of state-owned broadcaster CGTN, in response to reporting on China’s early handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and human rights abuses in Xinjiang.
At least nine journalists were arrested by Indian authorities for their coverage of recent protests by Indian farmers. Critics decried the arrests as an assault on a free press and demanded the journalists’ immediate release.
Social media has bolstered a #MeToo movement in Iran, potentially turning a new leaf in sexual violence survivors’ rights in the region.
China’s new national security law clamps down on journalists covering Hong Kong as well as pro-democracy and pro-independence advocates in the region.