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# Press Freedom

Last month
November 2023
Latest legal case by Sinn Féin TD heightens concern at potential chilling effect on media
Newspaper editors are calling on politicians not to go straight to litigation when they have a complaint.
This year
Complaints about the media on the increase relating to recent protests
Readers distinguishing between comment and fact is an issue, says Susan McKay.
Last year
Media watchdog asks India to release Kashmiri journalist
The watchdog said it was “deeply disturbed” by the arrest of Sajad Gul, an independent journalist and media student.
Third Hong Kong news company shuts in wake of sedition arrests for rival publication
Reporters made clear their decision was fuelled by fears caused by a national security police raid last week on Stand News.
All time
Complaints made to Press Ombudsman increased by almost 40% last year
Just over 15% of the complaints related to one article – a court report of a case involving a 15-year-old girl.
RTÉ journalist: 'We could no longer justify raising a family in a country which increasingly acts with impunity against foreign citizens'
The European Union has condemned the “harassment” of foreign journalists in China.
Irish journalist leaves China 'in a hurry' after coming under increased surveillance
Murray is married to senior BBC correspondent John Sudworth who faced backlash for his reporting on Xinjiang rights abuses.
Hong Kong news site says prospective editor was denied visa
The semi-autonomous financial hub has long been a major global media centre but its reputation as a press haven is slipping.
Australian newspapers black out front pages to protest government secrecy
The front page spreads were published in Monday’s newspapers.
Met Police responds to criticism in wake of warning media not to publish leaked memos
“Do you have any comprehension of a free society? This isn’t Russia,” the Sunday Times editor said in response.
Loughinisland journalists: It's still surreal to think we were arrested in Northern Ireland for a documentary
“Police officers were going through our computers, and taking documents that were completely unrelated to the film.”
Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar for 500 days have been released
Last month the pair was handed the prestigious Pulitzer prize for their work.
Ireland warned its highly concentrated media ownership is 'single largest threat to press freedom'
Ireland ranked 15th in the 2019 Press Freedom Index.
Column: Ireland is now the 18th-least corrupt country in the world but there's work to be done
The report recommends that Ireland should aim to restore public trust in the Gardai, work towards improving press freedom and tackle foreign bribery, write Robert Gillanders and Michael Breen.
CNN sues Donald Trump over journalist being barred from White House
The White House has said it will vigorously defend itself against the lawsuit.
NUJ calls on Simon Coveney to raise journalists’ arrests with British government
The journalists were arrested over the suspected theft of documents used in a documentary re-examining the 1994 murders.
'An attack on the press': Journalists released after arrest over theft of Loughinisland massacre documents
The investigation centres on the suspected theft of documents used in the No Stone Unturned documentary re-examining the 1994 murders.
'Trump's comments may increase risk of violence against journalists' - UN expert
The US president has made frequent attacks on the media, and consistently accused them of being biased.
Ireland has slipped down in press freedom rankings because of concentrated ownership and defamation costs
Ireland was ninth in 2016, but is down to 16th.
'Highly concentrated' media ownership sees Ireland slip down press freedom rankings
The study sees the country drop from ninth last year to 14th this year.
'We will not surrender': Outrage as editor of Turkish newspaper arrested
Murat Sabuncu has been accused of “legitimising” the attempted putsch earlier this year.
Defiant front page as police seize control of Turkish newspaper
Police have used teargas on protesters.
Opinion: Australian gagging order has major implications for press freedom
A censorship order sought and secured by the Australian government sets a precedent for all common law countries – including Ireland.
Opinion: 'Right to be forgotten' ruling opens a legal and ethical Pandora's box
The ECJ ruling is a godsend for criminals who want to scrub their record clean – and sets a worrying precedent for empowering governments to act beyond their borders.
Guess where Ireland ranks in the world in terms of press freedom...
Hint: We’re doing better than countries like China and North Korea.
Column: Ignorance, avoidance, distortion – media coverage of the Corrib gas project has failed
The Irish media has failed to properly report on the local community’s resistance to Shell in Mayo. The reason? Journalism has fewer and fewer resources to filter the truth from the propaganda, Harry Browne writes.
China has blocked its citizens from reading the Guardian
It is not clear why the move was taken as there has been little written about the country in recent days.
The Guardian's former investigations editor to discuss press freedom with VinB
David Leigh retired last April and his illustrious career included a 1995 TV documentary which led to the jailing of a former defence minister.
Two journalists receive death threats from paramilitaries
There has been condemnation of the threats against the two unidentified journalists who are based in Northern Ireland.
World Press Freedom Day: Syria now most dangerous place for journalists
It’s believed that 36 journalists have been killed there since 2011.
Ireland ranks 15th on latest global Press Freedom Index
Reporters Without Borders says Finland has the greatest press freedom, while Eritrea remains at the bottom.
Burma to allow daily private newspapers
It will be the first time since 1964 that non-state media will be allowed to publish news in the country.
Rain, post offices and skyscrapers: the week in statistics
Plus: Where does Ireland rank in the world press freedom index – and how many people are visiting Ireland this year?
Column: On World Press Freedom Day, Ireland can stand proud
We might moan about the press – but Irish media consumers are among the world’s luckiest, writes Ross McCarthy.
'Vital' role of journalists stressed ahead of World Press Freedom Day
The National Union of Journalists and Amnesty International Ireland joined together today to remember journalists who have been killed during the course of their work.
Shatter launches stinging attack on 'contrived' journalism
The minister for justice tells a Seanad debate that some journalists omit important facts in order to scandalise the public.
NYPD blocks journalist from covering Occupy protest
New York Times photojournalist Robert Stolarik was pushed by police and repeatedly blocked from covering a protest at the World Financial Centre Plaza.
Careful what you write: Court imposes $40m fine after journalist libels president
A journalist at El Universo wrote a column about Ecuador president Rafael Correa which has proved very costly.
Two Turkish soldiers jailed in connection with journalist's death
The soldiers have been found guilty of ignoring information that may have helped to prevent the murder of a prominent ethnic Armenian journalist in 2007.
Digital censorship grows as media moves online
An NGO to protect journalists has said that 69 online journalists have been jailed since December – representing almost half of all reporters imprisoned worldwide.