Last year the political protests grew in Turkey and media in many cases restrained their coverage so as not to displease the government. Criticism of this restraint cost a prominent ombudsman his job, among others, and government has routinely curtailed access and threatened legal action to thwart journalism.
But The New York Times notes that the political scandals have continued and that the government might be losing its grip on media along the way. More and more reporters are defiant, using social media particularly, and the government cannot wrangle the challenges.
China, meanwhile, continues to exercise its control on reporters in the country. While it has recently granted visas for foreign journalists to continue to work there, it has imposed a new program of retraining for domestic reporters and placed them on tighter leashes.
The Washington Post notes local reporters are being jailed and fired and that the government's grip is tighter than ever.
Protests in Thailand are intensifying, and the International Federation of Journalists has asked the government to permit journalists to import and use body armour. It has petitioned the prime minister to waive the law forbidding journalists from possessing vests and helmets to protect themselves. Roy Greenslade, the media columnist for The Guardian, reports on the risks to journalists in the country.