China’s Communist Party (CCP) have been working hard to both control and stifle the spread of information via media and social media, during the Covid-19 crisis. So much so that two citizen journalists covering the outbreak from Wuhan, Chen Qiushi and Fang Bin, have been missing now for over a month.

According to The NYTimes, however, China’s journalists are fighting back. Spurred on by the public, who are deeply angered as a result of the government’s focus on silencing truthful information about the outbreak, journalists have resorted to innovative measures to publish exposés on government cover-ups and the wide-spread failures of the healthcare system.

The public response seems to indicate an increased distrust in the CCP, which reinforces the essential trust-building function a free press has in any society.

Read the full piece here.

 

Photo credit: Andy Wong, Associated Press

 

Press freedom in the age of COVID-19

The Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom is speaking to journalists and publishers in the Asia–Pacific to determine the impact the COVID-19 virus has had – and is having – on press freedom in the region.

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