Archive for May 3rd, 2021

03/05/2021

To Achieve Press Freedom, We Must Rewrite Journalism

Human Wrongs Watch

By Dan Hind*

It is time to liberate our media systems from the political and economic forces that have long subtly controlled them

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(openDemocracy)* — Monday [3 May 2021] will mark World Press Freedom Day. It’s a moment to celebrate the work that journalism does in holding power to account. It’s also a moment to raise awareness of the dangers facing journalists in many countries.

At least 1,400 journalists have been killed for doing their job in the three decades since the first World Freedom Day in 1991. Many of those were killed by their own governments, or by organised crime groups linked to political elites.

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03/05/2021

Governments Urged to “Do Everything in Their Power” to Support Free, Independent and Diverse Media

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The United Nations Secretary-General on Monday [3 May 2021] urged governments to “do everything in their power” to support free, independent and diverse media, which the UN’s top human rights official highlighted as “a cornerstone of democratic societies”.

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Unsplash/Zeg Young | Press gather at an event in Shanghai, China.

In a message on World Press Freedom Day, marked annually on 3 May, Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the importance of reliable, verified and accessible information.

03/05/2021

Online Violence: Weaponization of Deeply Rooted Misogyny, Sexism and Abuse of Power

Human Wrongs Watch

NEW DELHI, India, Apr 30 2021 (IPS)* – Every time a woman journalist receives threats of physical and sexual violence, cyber attacks and surveillence, doxxing, public humiliation, damage to her professional & personal credibility, the driving forces behind these intents are deeply rooted misogyny, sexism and abuse of power.

Reem Abdellatif

These online offenses are often organized, coordinated or orchestrated, which could include State-sponsored ‘sock puppet networks’, acts of patriotic trolling, networked gaslighting or involves mobs who seed hate campaigns.

According to a report published by The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and UNESCO, vicious online violence seeks to silence women journalists and discredit their reporting has become a growing problem.

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