CPJ releases annual assessment of press freedom worldwide
New York, April 25, 2017—Despite the promise of new information technologies, governments, non-state actors, and corporations worldwide are censoring vast amounts of information using complex and sophisticated tactics.
“Following the election of Donald Trump, the rise of fake news and the hostile environment for journalists created by Trump’s rhetoric has raised concerns in the United States. But around the world the trends are deeper, more enduring, and more troubling,” said Joel Simon, CPJ’s executive director. “While we are awash in information, there are tremendous gaps in our knowledge of the world—gaps that are growing because of violent attacks on the media, new government systems of information control, and the power of technology to censor and surveil.”