THE International Press Institute (IPI) has launched a new web page to track attacks on journalists and restrictions on press freedom amid efforts to tackle the current COVID-19 pandemic.
IPI is a global network of editors, journalists and media executives who share a common dedication to quality, independent journalism. The organisation’s aim is to promote the conditions that allow journalism to fulfill its public function, the most important of which is the media’s ability to operate free from interference and without fear of retaliation.
Launching the website on Tuesday, IPI director of advocacy Ravi Prasad said press freedom was more important now than ever.
“During this crisis, the free flow of news and information is more important than ever. Independent news media provide vital information to the public and ensure open dialogue on the measures taken to combat the virus,” said Prasad.
“Moreover, there is an acute risk that authoritarian-minded governments will use the current situation as a pretext to clamp down on press freedom far beyond the current crisis. We are therefore redoubling our commitment to monitoring press freedom violations, not despite the pandemic, but because of it.”