Press Freedom Is Essential to Climate Solutions

From a Columbia Journalism Review story by Giles Trendle headlined “Press freedom is essential to climate solutions”:

This newsletter is part of “Climate & Democracy,” a series from the global journalism collaboration Covering Climate Now. Its author, Giles Trendle, is managing director of Al Jazeera English.

Journalism continues to be a dangerous profession around the world—and not just in war zones such as Ukraine. In the first quarter of this year, eight Mexican journalists were killed, marking one of the darkest periods for the Mexican press in recent memory. UNESCO, the agency within the United Nations that deals with media-related issues, has reported that while journalist casualties in countries experiencing armed conflict have declined in recent years, fatal attacks against journalists covering stories related to corruption, human-rights violations, environmental crimes, trafficking, and political wrongdoing have risen in a number of other countries.