World Press Freedom Day 2022

2 May 2022

What we’re watching, reading, and listening to

This year’s World Press Freedom Day is being held under the theme “journalism under digital siege”. We’ve rounded up videos, reports, and podcasts to help you catch up on relevant issues.

What we're watching...

When journalists become the target

BBC – Trusted News Initiative: Online spaces are increasingly hostile environments for journalists and fact-checkers. What can be done to safeguard them?

Why journalism needs information security

Reuters Institute: Researcher Philip Di Salvo in conversation with our Journalist Fellows on the digital security risks facing journalists and how they can protect themselves.

How Your Phone Can Be Weaponized Against You

Amnesty International: Digital attacks against human rights defenders, journalists and civil society are on the rise. Their digital devices are hacked, they can be spied on, silenced, and intimidated. This must stop.

Online harassment and threats against journalists

MFRR: Through a panel discussion, interviews, and conversations with the MFRR team, the new episode focuses on online harassment facing journalists.

Digital Security Webinars for Journalists and Human Rights Advocates (Playlist)

ICFJ: The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) […] is offering a series of eight one-hour webinars for journalists and civil society advocates on digital security […]

World Press Freedom Day 2022 – Message from Tawfik Jelassi, UNESCO

UNESCO: Message from Tawfik Jelassi, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO, on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day 2022.

What we're listening to...

How can journalists stay safe online?

Public Media Alliance: Ahead of World Press Freedom Day 2022, the Public Media Alliance hosted its second ‘PSM Unpacked’ session to address digital safety for journalists and news organisations. The session featured a panel discussion with guests, ABC’s Social Media Wellbeing Advisor, Nicolle White, Joe Hill, CBC/Radio-Canada’s Senior Director of Security and Resiliency, and CPJ’s Emergencies Director, Lucy Westcott.

Podcast: Will spying on journalists be the ‘new normal’?

IPI: What the journalistic community has long suspected – that surveillance of reporters is much more widespread than could be proven – became reality when Forbidden Stories and 16 other international news organisations released The Pegasus Project.  

What we're reading...

Strengthening press freedom at home and abroad: 10 recommendations for the world’s democracies

IPI: With authoritarianism and illiberalism on the rise, democratic governments must lead by example.

Digital “preparedness is vital” – ABC’s Social Media Wellbeing Advisor

Public Media Alliance: ABC’s Social Media Wellbeing Advisor on dealing with online abuse facing journalists.

The invisible threat

DW Akademie: Media organizations must recognize the need for strong IT security within their infrastructure, as well as digital safety routines for journalists and activists.

Digital security resources

DW Akademie: This page gathers links to online digital security tools, guides, training curriculums and research for media, NGOs, and development organizations.

Resources for Female-Identifying Journalists – A GIJN Guide

GIJN: Female-identifying journalists often encounter obstacles, whether they’re out reporting or when they’re back in their newsrooms. GIJN has gathered resources for female-identifying journalists who want to connect, handle harassment, and address discrimination issues. We also provide advice and tips from great women investigative journalists that may serve as inspiration.