With approximately 6 billion — or 86 percent — of the world’s people living in places that have suppressed press freedom, it’s clear that journalists face distinct challenges when trying to report the facts.
And simply training journalists to overcome these challenges can only go so far.
“You can train people as much as you want, but they still need money to feed their families and write the stories,” said Jeremy Druker, executive director and editor-in-chief of Transitions Online. “A lot of times, people go through this training, but once they return home, it’s difficult for them to implement it. Sometimes it’s because the gatekeepers are still there, but often it’s simply an issue of money.”