Challenges to Press Freedom in the Arab Region

2023-07-26 12:49

معرض الصور Lebanon

Press freedom and journalists in the Arab Region face major challenges that severely restrict the media sector's ability to effectively serve public interests, maintain independence, and counter polarizing rhetoric and misinformation. Laws in all Arab countries severely limit freedom of expression, meaning journalists and the general public alike face possible criminal punishment for violating these laws, which often also prohibit the publication of information deemed offensive, embarrassing, or sensitive. Journalists may be subject to retaliation from the authorities for their opinions, as was the case with the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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