The latest threat from Covid-19? Press freedom

Press freedom continues to be under threat in dozens of countries around the world–and the coronavirus pandemic is making the situation worse. The annual Reporters Without Borders press freedom index saw few major changes from last year, with Nordic countries at the top of the ranking, and Turkmenistan and North Korea at the bottom. But the Paris-based group says the COVID-19 outbreak has exacerbated threats to press freedom in authoritarian countries.

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

5 Recent Items: COVID-19

  • ‘Gen Z’ Thai protesters and police blame each other for violence at key Bangkok intersection
  • Fears AFL grand final will trigger super spreading event | Coronavirus | 9 News Australia
  • NSW reaches 85 per cent first dose as vaccine hesitancy hits all time low | 7NEWS
  • New fears of COVID superspreader event after Bondi Beach party | 7NEWS
  • NSW closes in on 60 per cent fully vaccinated | Coronavirus | 9 News Australia
  • In This Story: France

    France is a republic and the largest Western European nation. Through expansion and colonisation in the 17th and 18th centuries France became a great power and still retains territories around the world. It has a seat on the UN security council and is the world’s fourth most wealthy country with a high standard of living and strong cultural identity.

    6 Recent Items: France

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  • “Donnez-moi un break”: Boris Johnson’s French submarine spat reaction deflects from US-UK trade deal
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  • Firefighters retreat as volcanic explosions intensify in Canary Islands • FRANCE 24 English
  • Huawei executive freed in Canada, two Canadians released by China • FRANCE 24 English
  • Nigerian police arrest three men in connection with July kidnapping I Eye on Africa – France 24
  • In This Story: North Korea

    North Korea, officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia constituting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula.

    Pyongyang is the country’s capital and largest city.

    4 Recent Items: North Korea

  • Made in North Korea: sanctions-hit textile factories focus on domestic athletes
  • South Korean President Moon comments on North Korea’s nuclear program
  • Shocking footage shows 10,000+ migrants packed under Texas bridge
  • North Korea Releases Video of Train-Launched Ballistic Missile
  • In This Story: Paris

    Paris, France‘s capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Major landmarks include the Eiffel Tower, the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral and the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Élysées.

    3 Recent Items: Paris

  • Submarine Spat, Evergrande, German Elections, Suriname Football
  • EU defence: ‘France needs to convince the Germans to follow,’ says Berlin’s ex-ambassador to NATO
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  • In This Story: Turkmenistan

    Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia bordered by the Caspian Sea and largely covered by the Karakum Desert. It’s known for archaeological ruins including those at Nisa and Merv, major stops along the ancient trade route the Silk Road. Ashgabat, the capital, was rebuilt in Soviet style in the mid-20th century and is filled with grand monuments honoring former president Saparmurat Niyazov.

    2 Recent Items: Turkmenistan

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