The mountain kingdom needs a robust, confident media to cover events without fear or favour - but this is unlikely in this polarised society.
President Xi Jinping has overseen a sweeping tightening of controls as part of a broader campaign against anyone seen challenging the ruling party.
Zimbabwe’s Con Court has held that a law criminalising defamation is unconstitutional, saying civil remedies were preferable to criminal penalties.
A Human Rights Watch report has investigated the effect government spying in the US has had on media freedom and the right to counsel.
Forty organisations have called on Ethiopia Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to free Zone 9 bloggers and revise it's overly broad anti-terror law.
Three journalists detained in Egypt for allegedly aiding a "terrorist organisation" will appear in court on Saturday, World Press Freedom Day.
The Media Institute of Southern Africa has criticised a court interdict banning three Lesotho journalists from practising their craft.
Despite improvement needed in indigenous language media, South Africa's media is beginning to represent the demographics of the country, she said.
Journalists usually resist attempts by the authorities to extract information from them that can be used to prosecute crimes.
Sudan's security services have suspended the country's two biggest newspapers to punish them for reporting on army operations, say editors.
Most of the 82 primary schoolchildren in the Western Cape and Gauteng have said that media freedom is one thing that should not be touched.
Kenya has long prided itself on free media, but when the country went to the polls reporters and broadcasters went into a sort of self-imposed purdah.
Protesters have mounted a second day of rallies calling for press freedom in China, as netizens and celebrities backed the campaign.
In a discussion that ranged from the hilarious to the depressing, Zapiro and other heavyweights discussed satire and the limits of freedom of expression.
A proposed law threatens journalists who work outside the mainstream of print and TV, writes Vinayak Bhardwaj and Stefaans Brummer.
Small changes to the wording of the concession on the public interest defence would fix defects on the Secrecy Bill, writes Stefaans Brmmer.
It's an equation that the world's democracies know to be true, open governments, open economies and open societies flourish, writes Donald Gips
AmaBhungane advocacy coordinator Glenda Daniels brings us up to speed on the state of the fight for media freedom and the secrecy bill.