THE DEFINITIVE, COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT OF GLOBAL PRESS FREEDOM
When Christiane Amanpour warns American journalists about their own safety and the viability of the free press in the United States long considered a bastion of press freedom she evokes a notable escalation in attacks on the media across the globe.
Amanpour is one of 20 journalists and experts from around the world who document the new and alarming faces of censorship by governments and non–state actors for the 2017 edition of the Committee to Protect Journalists′ Attacks on the Press.
Among the threats that journalists and the media face are the erosion of what have long been seen as established protections, the targeting of journalists by terrorists to limit news coverage, the imprisonment of reporters and photographers who refuse to toe the official line, the withholding of access to officials and public documents, online harassment, and the wielding of financial leverage such as advertising and credit scores. Efforts to suppress the free press are becoming more complex and arguably, more pervasive than ever before.
Attacks on the Press is the definitive guide to the state of press freedom around the globe, and within its pages, journalists and media observers examine these new abuses, expose nations that violate press freedom with impunity, and provide potential solutions including guidance on possible work–arounds, how to ensure the safety of journalists and their sources, and how to fight against the powers that seek to silence criticism and call into question the media′s credibility.
Introduction: The New Face of Censorship 1
Governments and non–state actors fi nd innovative ways to suppress the media.
By Joel Simon
1. Where I ve Never Set Foot 7
Barred from Syria, a journalist must make sense of what she s told.
By Alessandria Masi
2. From Fledgling to Failed 15
Even as the country collapses, South Sudan s government will brook no criticism.
By Jacey Fortin
3. A Loyal Press 25
Independence means isolation for journalists in Sisi s Egypt.
By Ursula Lindsey
4. What Is the Worst–Case Scenario? 37
American journalists grapple with the Trump presidency.
By Alan Huff man
5. Thwarting Freedom of Information 49
Agencies exploit every loophole to evade disclosure requirements.
By Jason Leopold
Case in Point 59
A journalist details one fi ght over records requests in the United States.
By Michael Pell
6. Disrupting the Debate 67
Governments use copyright laws and Twitter bots to curb criticism on social media.
By Alexandra Ellerbeck
7. Discredited 73
Journalists online activity could hurt their fi nancial standing under a new Chinese plan.
By Yaqiu Wang
8. Chinese Import 81
Russia tries to emulate Beijing s model of information control.
By Emily Parker
9. Willing Accomplice 87
Collusion by the Turkish media compounds the country s crisis.
By Andrew Finkel
10. Edited by Drug Lords 97
Mexican journalists navigate threats and censorship by cartels.
By Elisabeth Malkin
11. Self–Restraint vs. Self–Censorship 105
How much should journalists hold back when covering terrorism in Europe?
By Jean–Paul Marthoz
12. Connecting Cuba 115
Outdated laws and limited, expensive internet access slow the island nation s progress.
By Carlos Lauría
13. Supervised Access 121
North Korea masks deep censorship by admitting foreign reporters.
By Jessica Jerreat
14. Fiscal Blackmail 133
The Kenyan government withdraws advertising when newspapers step out of line.
By Alan Rusbridger
15. Right Is Might 159
We have the laws and institutions to fi ght attempts at information control.
By David Kaye
16. Eluding the Censors 167
For all its faults, Facebook is a lifeline for journalists in lessdeveloped countries.
By Karen Coates
17. Zone of Silence 177
The public is robbed of information when journalists are murdered.
By Robert Mahoney
18. Being a Target 187
A reporter learns how to dodge terrorist threats to get the story.
By Rukmini Callimachi
19. Fighting for the Truth 193
Journalists have a huge amount of work to do.
By Christiane Amanpour