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Strategic Litigation: Safeguarding and Advancing Media Freedom in Nigeria
By Obioma Okonkwo I recall vividly the exact day that my desire to defend media freedom was born 12 years ago. I was on my way to a bank and listening to a local radio station when an announcement began, alerting listeners to a robbery in progress at the very bank I was heading to. […]
Digital Trust Initiatives: Seeking to Reward Journalistic Ethics Online
In an online environment increasingly polluted with false information, trust in news has steadily eroded over the years. At the same time, high-quality news has been losing already scarce advertising revenue to clickbait and viral misinformation. Digital trust initiatives, which evaluate and label news outlets, aim to remedy these issues.
Safeguarding Press Freedom: The Unintended Chill of Misinformation Laws
Safeguarding Press Freedom: The Unintended Chill of Misinformation Laws Webinar | Monday, October 2, 2023 | 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. EDT In conversation with: Gabby Lim, co-author of CIMA’s report and doctoral fellow with The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto Janjira Sombatpoonsiri, research fellow, German Institute for Global and Area Studies Dario Milo, […]
Fighting Fake News: How Mis- and Disinformation Legislation is Weaponized Against Journalists
In the aftermath of Russia’s deadly attack in Mariupol, Ukraine, that left nearly 600 civilians dead, journalist Maria Ponomarenko found herself ensnared in a legal battle for posting online that Russia was responsible, which the Russian defense ministry denied. In February 2023, she was sentenced to six years in prison for spreading “false” information about […]
Recapturing the Narrative in Egypt
By Fatemah Farag In a moment of euphoria on March 17, the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate elected independent journalist Khaled El-Balshy chairman of the organization. After a heated election race against the chief editor of a state-owned newspaper, El-Balshy’s victory presents an opportune moment to reconsider the realities of Egyptian journalists and journalism today. For almost […]
Chilling Legislation: Tracking the Impact of “Fake News” Laws on Press Freedom Internationally
As an increasing number of countries have passed legislation meant to combat the spread of misinformation, disinformation, and mal-information (MDM), journalists and news organizations around the world are getting caught in the crosshairs.
The Precarity of Independent Public Interest Media: An URGENT Global Threat
By Courtney C. Radsch This year, the theme of UNESCO’s annual World Press Freedom Day was “Shaping a Future of Rights: Freedom of expression as a driver for all other human rights.” Yet despite the celebratory events lauding the importance of independent public interest media and the role of a free press in democratic governance, […]
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How Government Attacks on the Press Exacerbated the Devastation of the Earthquakes in Turkey
By Veysel Ok Two earthquakes struck Turkey and Syria on February 6, devastating the lives of nearly 26 million people. According to official data, over 46,000 people have died as a result of the earthquakes and entire cities were wiped off the map. The World Health Organization (WHO) called the quakes the “worst natural disaster […]