From the targeting of journalists with impunity and the demonisation of critical press, to the fake news phenomenon and demand for investigative reporting as budgets shrink, the media is at a critical junction.

Journalism Matters is an Al Jazeera project, developed for World Press Freedom Day 2017 in consultation with UNESCO, that seeks to address today’s challenges.

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Opinion

Do state interests trump 'free speech'?

An Azeri journalist asks: Who has the right to set the news agenda, journalists or governments?

Azer Hasret

by Azer Hasret

Azer Hasret

Middle East

Zahra Hussein: My father is afraid of being forgotten

Daughter of jailed Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein says she fears her father would die in prison.

Zahra Hussein: My father is afraid of being forgotten

Opinion

Can Wikitribune combat fake news?

Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales' new venture claims that it will 'fix the news', but it may also be in need of fixing.

Zahera Harb

by Zahera Harb

Zahera Harb

Opinion

How to solve impunity when journalists are targeted

Those beyond the reach of attacking governments or groups must stand up for persecuted journalists and exert pressure.

Vanessa Berhe

by Vanessa Berhe

Vanessa Berhe

Journalism Matters

Is the media being played?

Journalists should cut through the noise amplified on social media and invest their time in traditional truth-seeking.

Is the media being played?

Opinion

Clamping down on whistle-blowers a 'retrograde' step

Whistle-blowers should be aware of how politicians use their leaks, but governments must protect - not punish - them.

Paul Bernal

by Paul Bernal

Paul Bernal

Journalism Matters

How to fight 'fake news' in a post-truth environment

Though co-opted by US President Donald Trump, the 'fake news' phenomenon is global and weakening trust in media.

How to fight 'fake news' in a post-truth environment

Tunisia

'11 million Tunisians no longer silent'

Rights activist and blogger on censorship and the state of media six years after the revolution that shook the world.

Q&A: Amira Yahyaoui on press freedom and fake news

Reporter's Notebook

'My 1,124 hours of solitary confinement in Egypt'

Al Jazeera's Baher Mohamed reflects on his time in a brutal Egyptian prison and promises to keep campaigning for those still in jail.

Baher Mohamed: My 1,124 hours of solitary confinement in prison

Reporter's Notebook

Investigative journalism vs clickbait: A losing battle?

Thoroughly researched reporting takes time, funding and risk, but often garners less online traffic than cute cat videos.

Can investigative journalism survive clickbait and other challenges?

France

Journalism in the era of clickbait

Upholding journalistic integrity is the only way to combat pay-per-click business model poisoning media, say experts.

Journalism in the era of clickbait

France

Fake news 'symptomatic of crisis in journalism'

Fact-checkers, media training and a return to journalism’s fundamental principles could solve misinformation ecosystem.

Fake news 'symptomatic of crisis in journalism'

Opinion

The case for: Can journalists be activists?

Activist-journalists in Syria inform international media about the war, and sometimes it is hard to leave views aside.

Zouhir Al Shimale

by Zouhir Al Shimale

Zouhir Al Shimale

Opinion

The case against: Can journalists be activists?

The activist-journalist tries to influence debate, whereas a journalist helps to create an informed discussion.

Deepak Adhikari

by Deepak Adhikari

Deepak Adhikari

Journalism Matters

Where are journalists under attack?

From Africa and Asia to Latin America and Europe, reporters are being killed with impunity simply for doing their jobs.

Where are journalists under attack?