The International Journalists’ Network (IJNET) article, ‘COVID-19 and press freedom: A conversation with David Kaye and Courtney Radsch’ , is adapted from a webinar as part of the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ) and the International Journalists’ Network (IJNET) Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum.
This article has, ICFJ Global Director of Research, Julie Posetti interviewing David Kaye, UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and Courtney Radsch, Advocacy Director at the Committee to Protect Journalists.
While the entire world is getting accustomed to the consequences of the coronavirus, journalists around the world are adapting to the challenges of reporting on Covid-19. Apart from dealing with long working hours and suiting up with precautionary gears to try and protect themselves from the deadly virus, Journalist’s nemesis amidst the corona crisis comes in the form of stringent laws disguising itself as emergency protections and government policies that often threaten critical press freedom. Physical and political attacks on journalists, the criminalization of their reporting, restrictions on free access to information and increased surveillance have become the norm during these testing times.