Giving Compass' Take:

• Reporters from four continents discuss the increase in restrictions on COVID-19 journalism coverage, as many countries start to criminalize independent reporting. 

• How can philanthropy ensure free press is safe?

• Read how philanthropists can support journalism during this time.

Would-be autocrats around the world are using the COVID-19 pandemic as cover for tightening their grip on power. And cracking down on journalism is the first order of business. From Eastern Europe to South Asia to Latin America and Africa, vast restrictions on the press are criminalizing independent reporting. At stake is the public’s right to know, and at a time when the stakes have never been higher.

In this session we meet reporters on four continents who are experiencing this firsthand. Also joining us is Joel Simon, Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, which is on the front lines of advocating for a free press.

Read the full article about the impact of COVID-19 on journalism at The Aspen Institute.