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Journalism at risk

When authoritarianism, information control, fear, violence and armed conflict are the order of the day in many parts of the world, journalism becomes a dangerous activity, putting the lives of many professionals at risk. We have compiled stories from journalists, photojournalists and human-rights experts warning of the precariousness and fragility of critical journalism.

Patrick Radden Keefe and Mònica Terribas

The work of a journalist

The writer and journalist Patrick Radden Keefe, celebrated author of Say Nothing and Empire of Pain, talks with Mònica Terribas about the work of investigative journalists in a world that has been transformed by new information technologies. 

Marcela Turati and Pere Ortín

Not Giving In: Critical Journalism in Mexico

Marcela Turati, journalist and human rights defender, talks to journalist Pere Ortín about the current challenges and the difficult situation of journalism in Mexico, a country where typing is more necessary than ever because it means not giving in to violence but where it can also lead to a death sentence.

Óscar Martínez, Jairo Videa and Juan Daniel Treminio

A Country without Journalists

The three investigative journalists from Central America speak about the difficulties of doing their job in situations of violence where making truths known almost always means putting one’s own life at risk.

Behrouz Boochani

Take Me to a Beautiful Place

At a time when European Union policies are once again rejecting refugees, the writer and journalist Behrouz Boochani speaks about migration politics on a global scale based on his book No Friend But the Mountains.

Fake news and censorship in Africa

Carlos Bajo

We analyse the particularities of the fake news phenomenon in the African continent: from its instrumentalization by governments to the mobilisation of citizens in favour of an Internet free of censorship and hate speech.

Ben Mauk and Manel Ollé

The Ubiquitous Eye: Digital Surveillance in Xinjiang

As part of the 2021 Orwell Day, the journalist for The New Yorker Ben Mauk, one of the few people who has been able to investigate the regime of digital surveillance deployed in the Chinese province of Xinjiang,  and Manel Ollé, expert on modern and contemporary China talk about the role of technology in future social control.

Kenneth Roth

The Battle for Human Rights

There is an alarming contrast between the theoretical global consensus on the importance of human rights and the unevenness of respect for these fundamental principles. Kenneth Roth, former executive director of Humans Rights Watch, speaks with the journalist Anna Bosch about the challenges ...

rPatricia Simón, Jon Lee Anderson and Magda Bandera

Journalism Facing Fea

In this conversation the journalists Patricia Simón, Jon Lee Anderson and Magda Bandera speak about the role of journalism within a global context shaped by fear and the rise of authoritarianism in its various guises.

Pablo Tosco, Samuel Arand and Silvia Fernández

Photojournalism Doesn’t Change the World but Reveals It

The years go by and the debate about what photojournalism should be is still being discussed. The photojournalists Samuel Aranda and Pablo Tosco, both with wide experience in the profession, offer the occasion to reflect on the need for a fresh look at photojournalism and its ability to have ...