Press Freedom Threatened by Politics, Violence, and Technology

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Earlier this week, Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian was released after spending 544 days in captivity in Iran. The journalist was accused of being a spy and convicted on what many had called dubious ­espionage-related charges.

Though Rezaian's release likely set off a collective sigh of relief in newsrooms around the world, seven employees with an Afghan news channel were killed in a suicided attack this week, and two journalists have reportedly disappeared in Yemen—two incidents that serve as a grim reminder that media professionals put their lives on the line everyday in the name of press freedom.  

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 199 journalists were jailed in 2015 and at least 71 were killed.

The digital era may have opened up opportunities for more journalists, but it's also ushered in a new era of online surveillance of reporters and news organizations, and government control over the internet.

It appears that the global information agenda is being reset by politics, violence, and technology, and the end result may not be more news but an actual shortage of the news we need. 

Here to explain are Joel Simon, executive director for the Committee to Protect Journalists and author of "The New Censorship:  Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom," and Nazila Fathi, author of "The Lonely War: One Woman's Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran" and former Tehran bureau chief for our partner The New York Times.

What you'll learn from this segment:

  • How press freedom is being challenged around the world. 
  • How censorship is changing in the digital age.
  • The biggest threats facing journalist and media outlets are today.