Nobel Prize underscores risks to journalists and democracy

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The CPJ said the number of journalists jailed globally because of their work hit a new high in 2020 as governments cracked down on coverage of COVID-19 or tried to suppress reporting on political unrest.

Protecting journalists to protect democracy

Aralynn McMane, founder of the Global Youth & Media Prize and a member of the board of News Decoder’s governing non-profit, has compiled a useful list of resources detailing threats to journalists around the world.

She cites a report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) that showed that journalism is completely or partly blocked in 73% of the 180 countries ranked by the NGO, which noted a dramatic deterioration in people’s access to information and an increase in obstacles to news coverage. “Journalism is the best vaccine against disinformation,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.

She also cites Ressa’s interview of human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.

On World Press Freedom day earlier this year, News Decoder broadcast a webinar, in association with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on the topic of protecting journalists to protect democracy.

The session featured CPJ Deputy Executive Director Robert Mahoney, Indiana University Professor Elaine Monaghan and eight students from News Decoder partner schools in Belgium, Denmark, South Korea and the United States.

(Nelson Graves is the founder of News Decoder.)

 

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