This article by Iain Marlow and Isabella Steger is published by Bloomberg. Here is an except.
Global press freedom is under spectacular pressure. More journalists than ever were in jail last year and the number of media workers killed rose by a third compared to 2019, with Asia accounting for nearly half of those murdered.
With a crackdown on the world’s press comes a more challenging business landscape for investors. Restricted information flows can mask political and regulatory problems as well as potential fraud and corruption, raising the risks of doing business — particularly in more volatile emerging markets where good-quality information may already be scarce.
Yet in an era when environmental, social and governance investing is increasingly in the spotlight, press freedom is still low on most investors’ list of concerns.
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