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Digital Safety: Protecting against targeted online attacks

Journalists reporting on misinformation, conspiracy theories, and/or false news are frequently left vulnerable to online attacks by those who originate or support these views, as well as by people with strong political leanings. People supporting the spread of this...

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NY Times reporter Davey Alba on covering COVID-19 conspiracy theories, facing online harassment

May 21, 2020 12:42 PM ET

Over the course of Davey Alba’s career as a tech reporter, her beat has transformed from covering the latest gadgets and phones to investigating the creeping influence and massive power wielded by tech companies over peoples’ everyday lives. As...

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Burundi blocks social media access during presidential elections

May 20, 2020 2:20 PM ET

Nairobi, May 20, 2020 -- In response to Burundian authorities’ blocking of social media networks during today’s presidential elections, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:...

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First Draft’s Aimee Rinehart on fact-checking coronavirus misinformation

May 12, 2020 9:15 AM ET

While digital communication enables the public to receive critical information about the COVID-19 pandemic in real time, the same tools are enabling an “infodemic” of misinformation that “can hamper an effective public health response and create confusion and distrust,”...

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YouTube censors independent Nicaraguan news outlets after copyright complaints from Ortega-owned media

May 6, 2020 2:03 PM ET

Miguel Mora, director of the independent Nicaraguan news outlet 100% Noticias, oversaw its move online after its television broadcast license was revoked by the government in April 2018. He and his colleagues transferred their archives onto two YouTube accounts...

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Malaysian journalist faces six years in prison over COVID-19 Facebook posts

May 5, 2020 10:15 AM ET

When Malaysian journalist Wan Noor Hayati Wan Alias criticized a government decision to allow a cruise ship with Chinese tourists to dock and disembark at the coastal city of Penang in late January, a time when China was at...

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CPJ, partners call for release of Beninese journalist Ignace Sossou on appeal

April 27, 2020 10:14 AM ET

New York, April 27, 2020—Today the group of undersigned organizations called on authorities in Benin to immediately release imprisoned journalist Ignace Sossou on appeal and ensure that he does not continue to face undue risk of coronavirus exposure in...

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CPJ, partners call on social media and content sharing platforms to preserve data

April 24, 2020 11:23 AM ET

The World Health Organization has called the novel coronavirus an “infodemic” and the topic of disinformation and “fake news” has remained at the forefront of this century’s worst pandemic, with social media and tech platforms playing a central role....

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‘An attempt to gag the media’: Journalists on Nigeria’s proposed social media bill

April 1, 2020 1:30 PM ET

At a public hearing on Nigeria’s social media bill held in Abuja last month, the voice of Chris Isiguzo, president of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), rang clearly across the room: “This bill…seeks to pigeonhole Nigerians from freely...

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Trust deficit: Guatemala's new president must overcome skepticism to improve press freedom

March 27, 2020 10:00 AM ET

With a new president in office, Guatemala has the opportunity to reverse years of declining press freedom after the country’s journalists endured obstruction, legal harassment, orchestrated online attacks, and threats of violence. To win back trust, the administration will need...

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