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Forced to Flee: Increasing Numbers of Journalists in Exile

  • Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
  • Lucy Westcott

Threats, repression, conflict, and unrest: across the world, these and other factors are pushing journalists into exile in record numbers. In a striking development, exiled or soon-to-be exiled journalists now make up more than half of the people CPJ assists. While exile is a global issue, three countries — Russia, Iran, and Afghanistan — stand out as places from which journalists flee only to face further insecurity. Below, find case studies on each country.

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Stagnation in Donor Funding for International Media

  • International Fund for Public Interest Media
  • Nishant Lalwani and James Deane

A new report just published from the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) shows that most “OECD DAC members are aware of the importance of the integrity of information environments to achieve their development and foreign policy objectives, and of the central role played by public interest media”. But even as autocratisation has risen, disinformation has surged and the financial threats confronting independent media have become existential, they have with just a few exceptions proved unable to increase their support for the sector.

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The Safety Needs of Myanmar Women Journalists

  • exile hub
  • Yucca Wai, Joseph Anderson

The survival of exiled media relies on the survival of media professionals, emphasizing the importance of protecting journalists’ rights to practice their profession securely. A research report by the Exile Hub now sheds light on the critical situation of exiled women journalists from Myanmar.

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Flight And Fight

  • Internews
  • Isabelle Schläpfer, Rosie Parkyn

How can the media development community support exiled media outlets to survive and continue their work? By asking this question, this report aims to contribute to a shared understanding of the issues exiled media outlets face, but also highlight strategies they are deploying to overcome challenges.

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New UN Report on Journalists in Exile

  • Irene Khan
  • United Nations

In the present report, the Special Rapporteur (Irene Khan) on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression focuses on journalists in exile who face a variety of physical, digital and legal threats. She analyses the responses of States and companies to these threats and challenges.

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The Power of Peer Support

  • PEN America
  • Susan E. McGregor, Viktorya Vilk, Jeje Mohamed

Online abuse stifles freedom of expression, undermines equity and inclusion, and threatens livelihoods. In the United States and around the world, it has become a major occupational hazard, affecting everyone from scientists and academics to election officials and journalists.

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Addressing the Collateral Damage of News Avoidance

  • Digital Content Next
  • Chris M. Sutcliffe

The proportion of people avoiding news content is alarmingly high. That has implications for news organizations seeking to grow, engage, and inform audiences. That, in turn, limits the ability of those titles to hold power to account.

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Insights from the Council of Europe’s Safety Platform

  • International Press Institute

The newly published “Press Freedom in Europe: Time to turn the Tide” report highlights the persistent use of spyware technology to surveil media actors, jeopardising both media freedom and the digital security of journalists.

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Governments Engage in Transnational Repression

  • Freedom House

More than 20 percent of the world’s national governments have reached beyond their borders since 2014 to forcibly silence exiled political activists, journalists, former regime insiders, and members of ethnic or religious minorities.

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Journalism, Media and Technology Trends and Predictions 2024

  • Reuters Institute
  • Nic Newman

In 2024, AI’s disruption intensifies globally. As content creation and distribution undergo transformation while more than 40 critical elections are due in 2024 and wars continue to rage in Europe and the Middle East, journalists must reassess their role.

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Jailed Journalist Numbers Near Record High

  • Committee to Protect Journalists
  • Arlene Getz

The CPJ’s 2023 prison census highlights China, Myanmar, Belarus, Russia, Vietnam, Iran and Israel as leading jailers, with 320 journalists globally. This report exposes harsh realities, emphasizing the urgent need for global attention to protect press freedom.

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The Russian Media Landscape: Propaganda and Exile

  • Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung
  • Tamina Kutscher

A comprehensive overview of the Russian media landscape and how it has changed since the start of the Russian war of aggression on the whole of Ukraine – in ten questions and answers.

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