It’s World Press Freedom Day, a time to recognize and advocate for the vital role of free and independent media worldwide.

We asked our partners – journalists from Myanmar, Guatemala, South Sudan and beyond – about the challenges they face. From overt government control to self-censorship, from failing advertising markets to lack of training, the problems are many.

Hear from our colleagues:

Pakistan, data journalists have prompted life-saving policy change. Our partners face challenges that can seem insurmountable. Every year brings more dismal measurements of press freedom. And yet, the dedication of individuals bravely facing these challenges gives us reason to hope. 

In Ukraine, teachers are helping students decipher fake news and misinformation. 

In Puerto Rico, citizen journalists are responding to the needs of their communities. 

Support the work of journalists, advocates and independent media outlets who are doing the difficult work to ensure and fight for press freedom.