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HASSAN: Journalists and freedom of expression remain under siege

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14.12.2018

Journalists in some countries risk their lives, and recent data confirms this: Reporters Without Borders claims that by mid-October, 52 journalists had been murdered in 2018. The highly publicized case of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi has shown that journalists can be silenced mercilessly.

Khashoggi’s case is of course an extreme example of the extent to which an alleged government-sponsored targeting of journalists can go. The dismemberment of his body for the mere convenience of disposal tells dissident journalists that a brutal death may not be enough; the indignity completes the horror.

Since last year, many known journalists have been targeted. Some, like those of us who speak against Islamic radicalism, are subjected to constant abuse and even threats from various sources. Few are unfortunate enough to feature in those grim murder statistics, but the vitriol is still unsettling.

The situation is so serious that Time magazine has........

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