Lessons from History
The Pandemic and a Free Press

History shows that for the world’s autocrats, some control over the media is never enough—and COVID-19 offers dangerous new pretexts for consolidating their power.

Published on: April 21, 2020
Arch Puddington is a Senior Scholar at Freedom House. David J. Kramer is a Senior Fellow at Florida International University’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs and a contributing editor at The American Interest.
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