According to the HRW report, Greece fell 38 positions within a year in Reporters Without Borders’ 2022 press freedom index, with the organisation listing it as the lowest-ranked EU country.
Under Hindu nationalist PM Narendra Modi, persecution and hate speech have accelerated against religious minorities, especially for India's 200 million Muslims.
Moby Group, the media company that owns TOLO TV, said the detentions of its employees were the result of the station reporting “the banning of foreign drama series."
Asia-Pacific was the deadliest region for journalist, with 20 killings, then came the Americas with 10, Africa with eight, Europe with six, according to the International Federation of Journalists.
Reporters sans Frontieres calls upon the International Criminal Court to determine whether Israeli air strikes on a Gaza building housing media outlets constituted a war crime.
French reporter Olivier Dubois says in a video he was kidnapped by Al Qaeda-linked group JNIM on April 8 while he was working in Mali’s northern city of Gao.
The unidentified militants killed three journalists, two Spanish and one Irish, in the eastern region of the country, which has been witnessing an increasing number of attacks by armed groups, some affiliated with al Qaeda and others with the Daesh.
With governments taking advantage of the virus to clamp down on reporters' access to information, the pandemic has also seen a decline in public trust.
Reporters Without Borders annual report says at least 84 percent of those killed this year were “deliberately targeted” for their work, up from 63 percent in 2019.
Khaled Drareni’s arrest in March after his coverage of demonstrations by the "Hirak" protest movement drew widespread condemnation among protesters and media watchdog groups.
In several EU states, there are systematic attempts to intimidate journalists with hostilities on the rise in the US.
Media watchdog Reportes Without Borders (RSF) warns political leaders' hostility towards the media have "fuelled an unprecedented level of fear and danger for journalists".
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