Frankly, it has become far too easy to interfere with the media’s key role in supporting fair elections and healthy democracies. As the Executive Director of the IFEX network writes, each World Press Freedom Day is an opportunity to renew our vow to make it difficult for those who try to do so.
Threats, insults and attacks are now part of the “occupational hazards” for journalists in many countries.
The Open Government Partnership brings states together to make their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. Find out how civil society groups can be a part of it!
Press freedom groups have launched a new resource that will help news outlets review and improve their current safety practices and protocols; the resource pays special attention to gender issues, mental health care and digital security.
New technologies are enabling private companies and public authorities to more effectively collect and analyse the personal information of individuals in public spaces.
In 2018, an average of two journalists were killed every week, and yet impunity for crimes against journalists remains at 90%.
A new initiative to raise awareness of threats to reporters globally includes a book featuring the final articles and photographs of fallen journalists, a digital campaign and a mini-documentary.
RSF is now providing alternative online access to a total of 22 media outlets that are blocked in their own countries
On International Women’s Day, Reporters Without Borders shines the spotlight on detained women journalists who have been tortured, sexually assaulted or otherwise held in inhumane conditions.
EFF is demanding fixes for different issues from nine tech companies and platforms, targeting social media companies, operating systems, and enterprise platforms on issues ranging from encryption design to retention policies.
Discussions around preventing the abuse of counter-terrorism laws, protecting the safety of journalists, and combatting religious intolerance, must be focused on bringing practical national-level changes to protect civil society space and dissent, while routine human rights violators must be brought to account.
Freedom House has recorded global declines in political rights and civil liberties for 13 consecutive years.
2018 saw the General Data Protection Regulation introduced in May, but it also saw public bodies, security and law enforcement agencies awarding themselves ever increasing surveillance powers.