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Some 1,000 people protest on Nov. 22, 2011 outside the South African Parliament in Cape Town against the Protection of State Information Bill. Picture: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images)
Some 1,000 people protest on Nov. 22, 2011 outside the South African Parliament in Cape Town against the Protection of State Information Bill. Picture: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images)

Cathal Gilbert, David Kode and Teldah Mawarire

With reporters under attack the world over, it is imperative that citizens rally to protect press freedom.

We live in a time when hard-won human rights protections are at risk of being swept aside by a rising tide of authoritarianism, fear mongering and xenophobia. The resulting global assault on fundamental civic freedoms is, in turn, devastating press freedom and exposing an increasing number of journalists to the threat of censure, the loss of livelihood and physical attack.

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