In most of the cases, the journalists interviewed said that the government interferes with their coverage of terrorism or terrorist attacks.

Several of the journalists interviewed said the government denies attacks and gives misinformation. The journalists find it difficult to fact-check information from the government. For example, Declan Walsh said the Egyptian government had tried to regulate death tolls by giving false numbers. Also, Ahmad Salkida said the Nigerian government had denied attacks for weeks and produced blatantly false information.

In addition, Walsh said the Egyptian government had denied journalists access to certain areas. Other journalists, such as Jamela Alindogan, have struggled to get information or insight because they are not allowed to embed with the military, police forces or soldiers.

In some cases, the government threatens the journalists. For example, the Nigerian government publicly threatened Salkida by publishing images of him in Nigerian newspapers to declare him wanted. This resulted in Salkida being associated with Boko Haram, a stigma that made him and his family feel unsafe living in Nigeria.