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This week, journalists covering COVID-19 have been arrested in Venezuela and Niger, and assaulted by police in India. In Thailand, a state of emergency was declared on Thursday to contain the virus, which gives the government more control over the press.

Last week, Hamas-controlled security forces assaulted a journalist covering a COVID-19 protest, and authorities in Jordan, Oman, Morocco, and Yemen issued decrees suspending newspaper printing and distribution in response to coronavirus.

Follow CPJ’s news coverage of the virus’ impact on press freedom at

Journalism in the time of coronavirus

CPJ Emergencies’ Safety Advisory for journalists reporting on the COVID-19 crisis is now available in 19 languages.


CPJ’s new coronavirus response webpage offers a central place for reporters to find resources, features interviews with journalists on the front lines of the pandemic, and documents press freedom violations related to coverage of COVID-19.

As part of CPJ’s work to provide journalists with advice on covering the virus safely, CPJ Emergencies has also launched an “Ask an Expert” feature: journalists and newsrooms can reach out to CPJ’s safety experts with any questions.

What we are reading

  • COVID-19 is spawning a global press-freedom crackdown — CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon, Columbia Journalism Review
  • As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets — Natasha Singer and Choe Sang-Hun, The New York Times
  • How China Built a Twitter Propaganda Machine Then Let It Loose on Coronavirus — Jeff Kao and Mia Shuang Li, ProPublica
  • Europe’s Other Coronavirus Victim: Information and Data Rights— Marija Ristic, Milica Stojanovic, Miroslava German Sirotnikova, Akos Keller-Alant, Hamdi Firat Buyuk, Anja Vladisavljevic, Marcel Gascón Barberá, Madalin Necsutu and Bojan Stojkovski, Balkan Insight
  • COVID-19 Resources — Global Investigative Journalism Network

Beyond the pandemic

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