The free press is under fire like never before

Thanks to state repression, digital competitors and a decline of trust, journalism is in crisis globally – that’s bad news for democracy, writes Fiona O’Brien.

The World Today Published 31 March 2023 Updated 1 April 2023 5 minute READ

Fiona O’Brien

Bureau Director, UK, Reporters Without Borders

Three years ago, as the world was enduring widespread lockdowns, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned that journalism was entering a decisive decade. Its ability to provide societies with reliable, independent information would be severely tested.

The years since, darkened by rising authoritarianism, war in Europe and a global pandemic, have done little to lessen the challenge. Journalism in the 2020s is under pressure like never before, while the need for a free and fair press has arguably never been greater.

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