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The free press is under threat—and now has a new, dangerous enemy

Authoritarian leaders around the world are increasingly confident of their rule

By John Lloyd   September 2017

Protestors hold up pictures of journalists during a controversial trial in Istanbul. Photo:

Journalism is in a delicate state in the world. The time at the turn of the century when it seemed to be secure in freedom, is gone. As June Jodie Ginsberg, the CEO of Index on Censorship, has observed “it does seem as if the world is more authoritarian now.”

Authoritarian leaders are increasingly confident of their rule, and the subaltern role of their news media. As democratic states in Europe and America weaken, they assert more…

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