Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko in action during an ice hockey competition in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: Andrei Pokumeiko/EPA

As most of the world turns to social distancing, face masks and hand sanitiser to slow the spread of coronavirus, Belarusians are being told that far(...)

Pope Francis arrived in Mozambique on Wednesday, and will then travel to Madagascar and Mauritius. Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has been urged to address human rights issues on a three-nation visit to Africa that began on Wednesday in Mozambique. The pope is also (...)

There is a ‘climate of self-censorship’ in Irish media, Reporters Without Borders said

A high concentration of media ownership in Ireland remains “the single largest threat” to press freedom in Ireland, according to Reporters Without Bor(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: government’s voice is dominant in print and broadcast media, as it promotes anti-immigration and Eurosceptic messages and marginalises criticism of corruption. Photograph: Martin Divisek

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has decreed that the creation of a vast pro-government media conglomerate cannot be challenged by competition au(...)

Belarussian president Alexander Lukashenko: critics accuse Mr Lukashenko of launching his latest attack on those who challenge him in the media or political arena. Photograph: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

The United States has joined international condemnation of a crackdown on independent media in Belarus, where security forces loyal to veteran autocra(...)

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko at a Ukrainian Security Service press conference in Kiev on Wednesday. Photograph: Sergey Nuzhnenko/EPA

Ukraine has strongly rejected international criticism of a sting operation that saw dissident Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko help fake his own sh(...)

Milos Zeman celebrating  victory with  staff members after he was re-elected Czech president. Photograph: Getty Images

Controversial Czech president Milos Zeman has struck a somewhat conciliatory note after winning re-election, but immediately faced calls to condemn me(...)

The Great Siege monument in Valletta, Malta, was turned into a shrine for journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia after she was killed by a car bomb last October. Photograph: Matthew Mirabelli/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump is many things, a lot of them bad, but he’s not among the world’s foremost oppressors of the media, as the Committee to Protect Journalis(...)

Cambodian media: the final issue of the Cambodia Daily newspaper, with the headline “Descent Into Outright Dictatorship”. Photograph: Satoshi Takahashi/LightRocket via Getty

On September 3rd journalists at the Cambodia Daily newspaper found themselves covering two big stories. One was the arrest of the only opposition lead(...)

Relatives of Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh grieve by her body at the Ravindra Kalakshetra cultural centre in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Photograph: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of demonstrators across India on Wednesday condemned the murder of a prominent journalist outside her home. Activists, journalists and opp(...)

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