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Media polarisation risks press freedom and peace in conflict-hit Mali and Ethiopia

By Kristin Skare Orgeret and Bruce Mutsvairo

10 May 2022 · 3 min read

The media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released the 20th edition of its World Press Freedom Index last week, in which it underscored “a twofold increase in polarisation amplified by information chaos.”

Media polarisation is emerging as one overarching hurdle inhibiting progress in conflict-marred regions of Africa, where it is also fast becoming an open threat to peace and security.

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