It’s becoming ever more risky to be a journalist in today’s world.
Two suicide attacks in Afghanistan killed at least nine journalists on Monday. Another journalist was killed later that day in a separate incident.
The UN has documented the killing of 14 journalists in Afghanistan in 2017 alone.
In both countries, high-profile journalists were recently murdered.
Myanmar, from where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled what the UN has called “ethnic cleansing”, has also slipped.
It’s now ranked 137th, with the government intensifying arrests and prosecutions of journalists.
Middle East and North Africa has been rated the worst region for journalists.
Rights groups have reported an unparalleled crackdown on Egypt’s media in recent years.
Among those in jail is Al Jazeera’s journalist Mahmoud Hussein, who has been in prison for 500 days without charge.
So, is press freedom under attack?
Presenter: Elizabeth Puranam
Sami Abu Salem – freelance journalist for WAFA National News Agency and member of the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate
Benjamin Zawacki – Southeast Asia analyst and human rights advocate
Christophe Deloire – secretary-general Reporters Without Borders
Source: Al Jazeera News