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.
Photojournalist Masrat Zahra, who was booked by the Jammu and Kashmir Police for uploading “anti-national” posts to social media, talks to MediaFile about her work documenting the “female gaze” of the humanitarian crisis in Jammu and Kashmir.
Earlier this month, controversial Trump appointee Michael Pack was confirmed to head the U.S. Agency for Global Media. In mid-June, he fired all the top executives at the agency and froze spending. He now faces a lawsuit alleging that he breached the “firewall” that protects government-funded media from political interference.
Reporters all over the world are putting their lives on the line by reporting on COVID-19. But while the virus itself poses a threat, many governments are also cracking down on criticism of their handling of the pandemic.
North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un’s rumored death sparked a media firestorm and revealed recurring flaws in the reporting on the tightly controlled regime.
Sajid Hussain, the founding editor-in-chief of the Balochistan Times, had been missing since early March and was found in a small city north of Stockholm last Friday.
Over the past decade, world press freedoms have been in decline. Even in established democratic countries like India, journalists are being censored and, in the worst cases, threatened to keep quiet. Technology has both helped and harmed the struggle for press freedom. While access to