The global COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased repression and attacks on journalism worldwide, a report published on Tuesday by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) concluded.
Reporting on coronavirus developments has been restricted in countries across the globe. Some countries have also seen governments use the crisis to tighten their grip on the media while others, including Germany, have seen an increase in attacks on journalists.
“The coronavirus pandemic has reinforced and consolidated repressive tendencies worldwide,” RSF Germany’s Executive Director Christian Mihr told DW.
But journalists have also been vital in challenging misinformation spread by leaders such as former US President Donald Trump, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro.
Independent journalism is the “singular effective tool against the misinformation pandemic,” Mihr said.
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