World Press Freedom Day: Discover the state of journalism world-wide
Today is World Press Freedom Day, which recognizes the importance of the services provided by press professionals and celebrates freedom of expression. This year’s theme is ‘Shaping a Future of Rights: Freedom of expression as a driver for all other human rights’.
To observe the state of press freedom across 180 countries and territories, Reporters Without Borders developed the World Press Freedom Index. The index provides a world-wide overview on the level of press freedom on a scale from 0 (indicating low press freedom) to 100 (indicating good press freedom) with results dating back to 2002. Detailed information per country is also provided, including a description of the current situation and recently published news related to press freedom.
The degree of freedom is determined by pooling responses of experts to a questionnaire from Reporters Without Borders combined with quantitative data on abuses and acts of violence against journalists during the evaluated period. To assess the country scores, the following criteria are used: pluralism, media independence, media environment and self-censorship, legislative framework, transparency, and the quality of the infrastructure supporting the production of news and information. The Index is a snapshot of the situation on the date of the assessment, but the data is adjusted when this situation changes drastically.
Are you curious to know the level of press freedom in your country or do you want to learn more about press freedom across different countries? Find the World Press Freedom Index here.
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