No transparency or press freedom

The situation is very complicated here, as many have been summoned, arrested and prosecuted for reporting about COVID-19 in this city.

About this project

This project was produced by VOA’s Extremism Watch and Press Freedom desks. It includes a snapshot of restrictions and challenges for media covering COVID-19 worldwide and personal views of journalists who spoke with VOA.

You report, you get caught, arrested, summoned, and your career is going to end down the drain.

We were reporting the statistics and the truth the very first days. But soon, many of my colleagues and other bloggers got arrested and threatened with major punishments.

Transparency and freedom of the press or expression does not exist at all.