The Guardian reports that “supposedly” free countries such as Brazil, Turkey, Mexico, Kenya, Poland, Hungary and Cambodia are joining totalitarian states in inhibiting media freedom. It says journalists now “self-censor, use pseudonyms or seek pre-approval from officials” before publishing. Read its article here
Censorship, organised crime and the commercial impact of the internet had made 2017 the worst year for media freedom since 2000, according to a group campaigning for freedom of expression. Read the Guardian report here
Stories produced by overseas bureau but published by British news websites should not be subject to regulation in Britain unless they deal with UK topics, the Independent Press Standards Organisation has agreed. Read more
An article on the Kerala Media Academy website gives a useful insight into the ethical issues surrounding media stings and privacy from an Indian perspective. Find it here
An online tool launched in June 2017 charts attacks on press freedom, across the European Union and associated countries. They include a cyber attack on an investigative website in Leicester, and a ban on local media attending Swindon Town Football Club press conferences. Find it here.
Victims of crimes under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 now have the same right to lifelong anonymity as victims of alleged sex offences. This includes victims of alleged human trafficking crimes including child porn, illegal organ donation, forced prostitution, forced labour and domestic servitude, says the HoldTheFrontPage law column. Read more
A European Centre for Press and Media Freedom has been established in Leipzig under the EU, to “organise solidarity with threatened journalists across Europe, thus promoting media freedom as a constitutive element for open and democratic societies.” It follows a succession of projects to promote media plurality (meaning, more than one media voice). Read more here