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Journalism - statistics & facts

The journalism industry has undergone many changes in the last decade which affect both journalists themselves as well as their readers. The popularity of digital media has greatly altered the ways in which consumers get their news, and increasingly polarized political climates have led to widespread distrust of many news sources. Moreover, journalists continue to face serious risks in connection with their work, and the number of journalists imprisoned more than doubled between 2010 and 2020. Sadly, imprisonment is just one of many challenges journalists around the world have to reckon with.

Press freedom

The consequences of poor press freedom range from severe punitive measures against journalists in authoritarian states to media consolidation in democracies, and the press freedom index has been declining on a global level over the last ten years. In fact, in 2020, an investigation into freedom of the press worldwide revealed that 28 percent of the world’s countries did not have any press freedom at all.

The consequences of poor press freedom range from severe punitive measures against journalists in authoritarian states to media consolidation in democracies, and the press freedom index has been declining on a global level over the last ten years. In fact, in 2020, an investigation into freedom of the press worldwide revealed that 28 percent of the world’s countries did not have any press freedom at all. Not only does poor press freedom make journalists’ jobs significantly harder, reporting on certain topics, figures, or government policies can even place their lives in danger.

Risks faced by journalists

The deadliest countries for journalists in 2020 were Mexico, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, with four or more journalists deliberately killed in each. Looking at data on the share of journalists killed by gender, men are more likely to be killed in connection with their work, but at the same time, female journalists are at greater risk of online abuse, including threats of sexual violence. A global survey revealed that over 40 percent of women working in the sector had been abused with hateful language, targeted with reputational threats, or harassed with unwanted private messages, mostly as a result of reporting on issues related to gender or politics.

Journalists will unfortunately continue to face threats in many countries across the globe as press freedom worsens. Meanwhile, consumers are growing increasingly suspicious of bias in the news media, being exposed to fake news, and having problems identifying false information. Social media networks offer readers the chance to interact with the press online, leaving journalists more accountable than ever for everything from spelling errors to fact-checking. It perhaps then comes as no surprise that consumers support tech and internet companies working with the news industry to improve the quality of journalism, which presents fresh challenges. Whilst this measure could positively influence the quality of information in the press, there is also the risk is that it could lead to major companies increasing their hold over the news media, thus placing independent journalism and their associated news outlets under threat.

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Journalism - statistics & facts

The journalism industry has undergone many changes in the last decade which affect both journalists themselves as well as their readers. The popularity of digital media has greatly altered the ways in which consumers get their news, and increasingly polarized political climates have led to widespread distrust of many news sources. Moreover, journalists continue to face serious risks in connection with their work, and the number of journalists imprisoned more than doubled between 2010 and 2020. Sadly, imprisonment is just one of many challenges journalists around the world have to reckon with.

Press freedom

The consequences of poor press freedom range from severe punitive measures against journalists in authoritarian states to media consolidation in democracies, and the press freedom index has been declining on a global level over the last ten years. In fact, in 2020, an investigation into freedom of the press worldwide revealed that 28 percent of the world’s countries did not have any press freedom at all.

The consequences of poor press freedom range from severe punitive measures against journalists in authoritarian states to media consolidation in democracies, and the press freedom index has been declining on a global level over the last ten years. In fact, in 2020, an investigation into freedom of the press worldwide revealed that 28 percent of the world’s countries did not have any press freedom at all. Not only does poor press freedom make journalists’ jobs significantly harder, reporting on certain topics, figures, or government policies can even place their lives in danger.

Risks faced by journalists

The deadliest countries for journalists in 2020 were Mexico, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, with four or more journalists deliberately killed in each. Looking at data on the share of journalists killed by gender, men are more likely to be killed in connection with their work, but at the same time, female journalists are at greater risk of online abuse, including threats of sexual violence. A global survey revealed that over 40 percent of women working in the sector had been abused with hateful language, targeted with reputational threats, or harassed with unwanted private messages, mostly as a result of reporting on issues related to gender or politics.

Journalists will unfortunately continue to face threats in many countries across the globe as press freedom worsens. Meanwhile, consumers are growing increasingly suspicious of bias in the news media, being exposed to fake news, and having problems identifying false information. Social media networks offer readers the chance to interact with the press online, leaving journalists more accountable than ever for everything from spelling errors to fact-checking. It perhaps then comes as no surprise that consumers support tech and internet companies working with the news industry to improve the quality of journalism, which presents fresh challenges. Whilst this measure could positively influence the quality of information in the press, there is also the risk is that it could lead to major companies increasing their hold over the news media, thus placing independent journalism and their associated news outlets under threat.

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