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Journalism and Free Speech articles on Democracy Chronicles
A basic necessity in a democratic society, is journalism and free speech play a central role in creating a system of checks and balance, and in distributing power equally between governments, businesses, individuals, and other social entities. Access to verifiable information gathered by independent media sources, which adhere to journalistic standards, can also be of service to ordinary citizens, by empowering them with the tools they need in order to participate in the political process. Also see our articles on Civil Rights.
Although there are signs, tyrants can hide repressive rule behind the façade of democracy. Journalists can be trained to identify autocracy.
A new research calls on media bodies to give timely coverage of the growth of authoritarian movements in the US and worldwide.
The murder of Sidhu Moose Wala has brought attention to the link between Punjabi music and India’s cross-border criminal networks.
Although it prides itself with being the world’s largest democracy, India has come under the spotlight for anti-democratic trends.
Towards Ramadan’s end on April 24, Egyptian authorities freed about 40 unjustly detained, including journalists. But this changes nothing.
Journalists reporting the deadly floods of 2021 in Zhengzhou city, Henan province, were accused of a smear campaign against China.
Ever since the transition started in Pakistan, journalists have faced assault and online and legal harassment according to sources.
India’s ranking in the World Press Freedom Index has fallen down to 150th position from last year’s 142nd rank out of 180 countries.
Japan dropped to 71st in the 2022 world press freedom rankings by Reporters Without Borders, down from 67th in the 2021 rankings.