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COVID-19 and the Attack on Press Freedom

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to have significant repercussions for social welfare and the economy, the alarming threat this crisis poses to the global media landscape should not be overlooked either.

As the novel coronavirus - and the cloud of misinformation surrounding it - continued to spread, access to reliable news became more important than ever. Yet, amid the public health pandemic, journalists across the globe found themselves battling another one. What may have started with reporters covering coronavirus disappearing in China, has soon expanded to worrying proportions, with Trump attacking press during news briefings or Turkey restricting social media use for covid-19 related content. In Serbia, a journalist was arrested for reporting about the hospital situation and all the way across the continent, in Armenia, reporting on the coronavirus was suddenly only allowed when citing official government statistics.