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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Egypt

Egypt renews detention for Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Hussein

Journalist has been held in detention in Egypt for 575 days and has yet to be formally charged.

Egypt renews detention for Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Hussein

Asia

The perils of being a journalist in Modi's India

Cases of Rana Ayyub, Barkha Dutt and Ravish Kumar, who are critical of the government, highlight lack of press freedom.

The perils of being a journalist in Modi's India

Press Freedom

Egypt renews detention of Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Hussein

Al Jazeera journalist has now been detained for 502 days in Egypt without charge.

Egypt renews detention of Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Hussein

FGM

Al Jazeera wins Peabody for film on FGM

Journalist Fatma Naib explored the painful practice of female genital mutilation that affects about 200 million women.

Al Jazeera wins Peabody for film on FGM

Mexico

Mexico: Journalism award honours those covering abuses

The ‘Breach-Valdez’ award will recognise journalists covering human rights abuses and corruption.

Mexico: New journalism award honours those covering rights abuses

Journalism

Journalists honoured for bravery amid global threats

In the past year, 34 journalists were killed in the field, more than 250 others were jailed and 55 remain missing.

Internet

'For the seventh year, freedom has been in decline'

Freedom House report blames governments for using a range of tools to strangle the idealistic potential of the internet.

Media

'Memory gaps': Conflict reporting, access and activism

Amid restricted access and an increasingly polarised environment, the challenges and nature of reporting are changing.

'Memory gaps': Conflict reporting, access and activism

Latin America

Government funding cripples Mexico's free press

Mexican authorities are paying vast sums of money for advertising space to media groups, which is having a crippling effect on the country's independent press.

Opinion

The increasing importance of investigative journalism

From the US to Azerbaijan, exposing corruption is vital despite intimidation from criminal networks and governments.

Khadija Ismayilova

by Khadija Ismayilova

Khadija Ismayilova

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?