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In India, many are concerned because lots of media companies there are vested in the hands of a select few. Citics say they fail to question authority and offer critical perspectives. And thus, they fail to do what they actually shuold be be doing in a democracy, as Murali Krishnan reports from New Delhi.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently approved a new cyber crime law. There are concerns over the ways it could interfere with the working conditions of journalists. Authorities are just required to cite general security concerns as the only reason to legally prosecute journalists. Local journalists fear an increasing erosion of press freedom in the West Bank.
At least 32 journalists at the G20 summit in Hamburg had their accreditations taken off them by German police without explanation, sparking press freedom concerns. Some had worked in the Kurdish regions of Turkey.
What is the common denominator between a satirist from Zimbabwe and a gravely serious investigative reporter active throughout the Arab World? Tongai Leslie Makawa works for Zambezi news, a spoof of Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation. And Rana Sabbagh is the head of the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism. They sat down with DW's WorldLink to talk about the challenges they face.
Jeff Mason, president of the White House Correspondents' Association, was awarded DW's Freedom of Speech award this year. If anybody knows the ins and outs of the intersection between the media and the Trump Administration, it's Jeff. Worldlink caught up with him to talk about what it's like to be in that "warzone".