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Across the Middle East this past month, printing presses have ground to a halt after governments in Iraq, Yemen, Oman, Morocco, Jordan, and Iran suspended the printing and distribution of newspapers, citing COVID-19 fears despite a lack of evidence that it can be transmitted via newsprint.
As part of a series of Q&As with journalists on the frontlines of coronavirus coverage, Slovenian journalist Blaž Zgaga told CPJ he has faced harassment and threats from the government over his reporting. In Kashmir, journalist Raihana Maqbool told CPJ how the continued lockdown has stifled reporting.
CPJ also spoke to journalists in India, Haiti, and Somalia. An editor of The New York Times’ ‘Coronavirus Live Update’ and a New York City housing reporter shared with CPJ how they navigate their jobs in the USA during the pandemic.
Journalism in the time of coronavirus
- U.S. video journalist shares tips for covering COVID-19: ‘We have to get creative’
- Iraq’s media regulator suspends Reuters’ license for three months for a report about the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases; and separately in Iraq, security forces beat journalist Mohamed Kader al-Samarrai at a COVID-19 checkpoint
- In Algeria, three newspaper employees face 10 years in prison over a report alleging a state facility published false statistics regarding COVID-19
- CPJ finds it “unacceptable” that a proposed bill in the Turkish parliament would release 90,000 prisoners, but no journalists
- Two reporters charged for spreading ‘false information’ about COVID-19 in the Philippines
- CPJ sends letter calling on new Malaysian prime minister to respect press freedom
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