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Press Freedom

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News & Analysis Press Freedom

Digital Attacks Become Key Weapon to Silence Independent Media

Independent media now have to deal with an increasing number of digital attacks on press freedom, from brute-force attacks on their servers to more sophisticated assaults on their social media presence and digitally-based legal challenges.

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Document of the Day: 2022 World Press Freedom Index

Reporters Sans Frontiéres released its 2022 World Press Freedom Index, calling out the growing threat of polarization and “information chaos,” and their potentially disastrous impact on independent media around the world.

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News & Analysis Press Freedom Reporting Tools & Tips

Stopping the Scourge of SLAPPs and Legal Harassment of Journalists

Among the most frequently used forms of legal coercion against investigative journalists are SLAPPs (“strategic litigation against public participation”), which aim to intimidate reporters into abandoning their investigations. The practice of abusing legal systems by those in power to silence critics has reached global proportions. Its damage is far-reaching and curbing it is an imperative for democracy and maintaining peace.

Editor's Pick: 2021 Arabic

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Editor’s Pick: 2021’s Best Investigative Stories from the Arab World

Throughout 2021, reporters from around the Arab world produced excellent investigative work, some as part of transnational reporting collaborations on human rights, financial investigations, and phone hacking. With a salute to our colleagues who work in this very tough neighborhood, we are proud to highlight some of the best investigative journalism from the past year.

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Editor’s Pick: 2021’s Best Investigative Journalism from Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus

Despite worsening legal and physical attacks on the press, solidarity among journalists in Russia and the Eastern European region is growing. Our list of the eight best investigations of the year reveals that more and more cross-border, joint investigations are being carried out, and illustrate continuing reporting courage in the region that should inspire the entire journalism community.

Keynote speaker Maria Ressa at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg. Photo: Nick Jaussi / nickjaussi.com

News & Analysis Press Freedom

Reporting Facts to Power: What the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Means for Journalism

Fact-based journalism has been under siege as newsrooms worldwide struggle against the onslaught of misinformation, disinformation, and falling revenues. But the awarding of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, two renowned investigative journalists, is a boost to reporters and highlights the importance of quality journalism for democracy.

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News & Analysis Press Freedom Sustainability

Amid a Press Crackdown in Myanmar, One News Site Survives on Reader Revenue

Even after the coup in Myanmar, Frontier Myanmar has continued reporting on socio-economic issues. Publishing deeply reported pieces has made them popular among their readers. However, the entire website is now behind a paywall and available only to paying members — rates that are high for an average news consumer within a country where roughly 37% of the people live below the poverty line.

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In a Hostile Climate, Reporters in Guatemala Fight for Investigative and Community Journalism

In an environment of increasing restrictions on civic organizations and impunity for crimes against press professionals, independent media in Guatemala are battling threats on several fronts. Here, journalists from three Guatemalan digital media outlets detail the strategies and tools they are using both to survive and to produce quality investigative stories.

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Why Journalists in Autocracies Should Report as If They’re in a Democracy

In a RightsCon session hosted by GIJN, three editors shared survival strategies for independent newsrooms in authoritarian nations, as threats to the press, and institutions of accountability, grow around the world. They described a form of journalistic judo, where journalists can find advantages in the very tactics used to repress them.

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Smear Campaigns, Oligarch Media, and Street Gangs: Serbia’s Embattled Investigative Media Are a Warning to the World

Serbia’s investigative nonprofits face an extraordinary array of threats and harassment due to a new model in which autocrats outsource repression to oligarchs, pro-government media, street gangs, and other proxies. In a series of interviews, three leading editors told GIJN about the sinister tactics they face, and the determination required to keep accountability alive.

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On World Press Freedom Day, Recognizing “Information as a Public Good”

Monday, May 3, is World Press Freedom Day, a global day of recognition for journalists around the world, particularly those who are standing up for truth and revealing information in the public interest despite political intimidation, government oppression, and threats of violence.

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Helping Our Colleagues at Rappler

Investigative reporting is getting harder and harder as autocratic governments crack down on media and government-friendly oligarchs use the courts to silence independent voices. The Philippine online news organization Rappler and its CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa are experiencing this firsthand, as Ressa was convicted last week on baseless “cyber libel” charges.