Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom

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Covid-19 was declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March, since then it has been used as a pretext by governments to put constitutional guarantees on hold. Now that relative calm appears to be in prospect, it is imperative that these exceptional measures be lifted.

Faced with the unprecedented epidemic, many governments have targeted those whose job is to inform the public.  Emboldened by the emergency, the spread of repression has been translated into a subs

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