Free and effective journalism should be the foundation on which democracy can be maintained
A free and open media should be the main bastion of freedom of speech and the protection of democracy, and this needs to be safeguarded in order to maintain not only democracy in societies but also the peace, stability and harmony associated with it. As a result of the wide spread integration of the internet in daily life, the mainstream media has come under attack in many ways in recent years. Fake news, election manipulation and political manoeuvring have seen the credibility of journalism being called into question, but arguably as communication is reorganised in the age of the internet open journalism needs to be protected. A free media provide a public platform to inform society, and debate and question social issues and current affairs openly, calling out human rights abuses, abuses of power and antidemocratic sentiment that may seek to attack the media and public interest.