Press freedom ‘in crisis’ for part of the world’s population, and the UK is exempt

More than part of the world’s population lives in a country where freedom of expression is “in crisis,” a charity revealed.

Article 19, founded in the United Kingdom, said the score is the worst recorded in 20 years, and the scenario has deteriorated further this year due to the massive proliferation of misinformation.

The charity said: “We have noticed a deterioration in the right to speak, namely and to be heard over the years, yet 2019 has created a storm of the best, with the confluence of protests, internet outages and further attacks on news and humans. rights defenders. “

“Many governments have used the global pandemic as a pretext to express themselves more online, in the media and on the streets. “

Some governments, adding the UK, have “made efforts to undermine public confidence in the public service media and to have their appearances in those media, thus minimizing accountability opportunities,” he added.

This refers to the government’s boycott of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme before the Covid-19 pandemic, and the continued refusal of ministers to appear in Good Morning Britain on ITV.

The report adds: “Data politics is expanding: ownership of state and oligarchic media is expanding as public service media erode, with reduced funding, political interference or a transformation into state media. “

Freedom of expression is worse in China, India, Turkey, Russia, Bangladesh and Iran, Article 19 said, warning that the United States, Brazil, Hungary and Tanzania were appearing “worrying declines. “

At the end of last year, there were 250 hounds and 57 were killed, with an impunity rate of 90%.

The organization has pointed the finger at Donald Trump for the lack of transparency in the United States and Jair Bolsonaro, who allegedly carried out 10 hound attacks per month in 2019.

Speaking in the report’s publication, Matthew Caruana Galizia, the eldest son of murdered Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, said: “With this case alone, we can create a deterrent to everyone else and use it as a style for justice. other cases. “

“We know it’s just a matter of perseverance and I hope that the foundations we’re putting in position and the combat we start will persist even beyond my life because I think that’s all we’re going to want to keep working. generations to keep solving.

“Of course, there are all these individual fights in Malta, Hong Kong, all over the world, Belarusian, yet I think we all run together, perhaps even without knowing it, and we fight against the same kind of people, the same kind of and we hope that with all those synchronized efforts we will lead to the substitution we want to freedom of expression in the world.

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