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Strengthening press freedom at home and abroad: 10 recommendations for the world’s democracies
The International Press Institute (IPI) offered ten recommendations for what democratic governments must do to better protect press freedom at home and globally:
- Protect press freedom at home.
- Avoid enacting or applying laws that can be modelled by authoritarian regimes to restrict the press.
- Ensure regulation of social media and online spaces is consistent with international human rights standards.
- Ensure that the fight against disinformation is not used to restrict freedom of expression, which gives cover to repressive regimes to do much worse.
- Refrain from engaging in or enabling unlawful surveillance of journalists and civil society.
- Show zero tolerance for attacks on the press.
- Support multilateral institutions and mechanisms that defend human rights and press freedom.
- Support the work of civil society organizations that promote and defend press freedom.
- Make the promotion and protection of press freedom core elements of foreign policy – and hold other governments accountable for crimes against journalists or attacks on the media.
- Create an enabling environment for press freedom.