World Press Freedom Day - May 3, 2011
At IPS's core is the belief that information is an agent of change. But what happens when the free flow of information is muzzled? For World Press Freedom Day, we takes stock of this critical civil liberty through our global network of correspondents - from Mexico and Sri Lanka to Egypt and the World Wide Web. Click through to see our coverage.
Flagged for Removal: Online Censorship on the Rise by Aprille Muscara in Washington
Media analysts warn that the desperate deployment of information control – a time-tested tactic of repressive regimes – adapted to today's new technologies of communication is but part of a growing global trend.
MEXICO: Journalists Defy Violence, Self-Censorship
by Daniela Pastrana in Mexico City
In Mexico, the country in the Americas facing the worst wave of violence against reporters, different journalistic initiatives are combating this dynamic, which fuels a tendency towards self-censorship.
EGYPT: Press Freedom Comes with a Few Red Lines
by Cam McGrath in Cairo
The collapse of autocratic regimes in Tunisia and Egypt has broken the state’s stranglehold on the local press, but journalists and bloggers must still be careful what they say.
SRI LANKA: War Long Over, Media Still Muzzled
by Amantha Perera in Colombo
It has been two years since the end of Sri Lanka’s decades-long war, and life in general has begun to slowly edge back towards normalcy here. Not so for the country’s besieged media community, according to observers and journalists alike - reporting still feels hemmed in and muzzled, they say.