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World Press Freedom Day: ARTICLE 19 calls on States to guarantee journalists’ safety and promote a vibrant information flow


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World Press Freedom Day: ARTICLE 19 calls on States to guarantee journalists’ safety and promote a vibrant information flow

Insecurity, impunity, and violence against the press persisted in 2016. Journalists and media workers were arrested, assaulted, and murdered throughout the year and the first quarter of 2017. In addition, major political events imposed new legal, financial, political, and social pressures on journalists around the world. Among others: fake news and governments’ potentially arbitrary answers, the significant role acquired by social media in news consumption challenging media’s traditional financial models; the emergence of political actors hostile to free journalism –and the consolidation of old regimes adverse to individual liberties; and the use of terrorism, extremism, and nationalist speech to hinder the free flow of ideas.


By Article 19, UK.


Human rights Policy Resource.