In the Spotlight

What Happens When Academia and Media Work Together

When journalists team up with university researchers, only good things can come of it. With scale and structure, this type of collaboration can solve many, if not all, of the woes both journalism and academia are faced with.

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Trying to Save Journalism, Romanian Government Funds Junk Media

Claiming that they wanted to support journalism and correctly inform the public throughout the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, the Romanian government decided to dole out some €40m to media outlets across the country.

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Mexico’s Second Richest Man Uses Television to Defy Authorities

Ricardo Salinas Pliego, owner of TV Azteca, has in recent months used his television station to pressure the Mexican government to lift the quarantine imposed by the country’s health authority in its attempt to mitigate the Covid-19 pandemic. True to his nature, Mr. Salinas Pliego put again his business interests above public health.

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How Colombian Military Used American Aid Money to Snoop on Journalists

Allegations that the army conducts illegal intercepts and collects intelligence about journalists, judges and human rights lawyers are not new in Colombia; but when American taxpayer money is used to spy on many people, including American journalists, something is terribly wrong.

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Under the weather

How Covid-19 Threatens Media Freedom

Access to accurate information is essential to fighting a pandemic. However, many governments hide behind the emergency to restrict media freedom.

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Bolivian media

Rising From the Ashes

For more than a decade, the government has meddled with Bolivia’s news media. Following the collapse of the Morales regime, the country’s journalists want to put paid to that, once and for all.

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Is Fact-Checking Working?

Much time and money have been spent on combatting misinformation through fact-checking. But it’s not clear whether it has any impact at all.

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