Last month, El Nuevo Diario, Nicaragua’s second-largest newspaper by circulation, announced that it would shut down after months of pressure from the government. The closure of the paper, which had been critical of President Daniel Ortega, is only part of a broader campaign to suppress dissent.
Press Freedom and Safety
In August, the Uganda Communications Commission announced that social media “influencers” must pay a fee and register to be monitored by the state regulator. Critics of President Yoweri Museveni see it as another blow to freedom of expression in Uganda and the latest restriction on digital rights.
Earlier this month, Australian police raided the offices of the public broadcaster and the home of a prominent journalist over leaked documents, raising concerns about a chilling effect on the media. Peter Fray discusses the impact of the raids and why reforms are needed to protect press freedom in Australia.