A recent study released by the freedom of expression group ARTICLE 19 and social science database V-Dem shows that press freedom worldwide has plunged to its lowest level in at least a decade. The main culprits? Internet censorship that lacks transparency, digital surveillance, and unprecedented legal action and other measures against dissenters by governments.
Part of the blame is also being pinned on Donald Trump. The Committee to Protect Journalists said that the US President’s charges of “fake news” against CNN and other outlets have emboldened leaders of authoritarian regimes to attack journalists in their countries.
Unfortunately, there is no obvious quick fix. Yet while pushing Internet companies to become more transparent about how they control information seems no easy task, they may be easier to influence than governments that actively crack down on journalists. Do you agree or no? And what are the most important first steps to ensuring a healthy and functioning global press?
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