Little pluralism, vulnerable journalists
Although a relatively stable democracy, Chile continues to suffer from corruption and from hangovers from the military dictatorship. Pluralism and democratic debate are limited by the concentration of media ownership and the difficulties that community media encounter in ensuring their long-term survival. Despite significant progress in access to information and Internet use, the confidentiality of journalists’ sources is often violated and journalists still have problems covering certain subjects such as political corruption and protests by the Mapuche communities, which have been in conflict with the Chilean state for nearly 200 years. The reporter Mauricio Weibel was the target of an illegal spying operation after revealing a case of embezzlement by army officers in 2015. Since 2019, reporters have often been targeted while covering demonstrations and they lack protection.
51 in 2020
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