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Freedom of the press: Norway stays ahead

For the second year in a row, Norway tops the global ranking on press freedom. The other Nordic countries follow close behind.

The top of this year’s World Press Freedom Index is unchanged from last year, with Norway ranked in 1st place and Sweden as number 2. Another Nordic country, Finland, is not far behind, but lost last year’s third place to the Netherlands. Further down on the list are countries where journalists and the media are persecuted and threatened, often by powerful members of the society or the government apparatus.

The World Press Freedom Index is compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Among the indicators taken into consideration, are how opinions are represented in the media, transparency, media independence and abuse and violence acts against journalists.

At the same time as this is good news for the Nordic region, three out of four people in the world live in countries where the press freedom is considered problematic or very bad. Hostility towards the media, as well as attacks on journalists, are a growing concern around the world. “The unleashing of hatred towards journalists is one of the worst threats to democracies,” said RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire.

Read more about the World Press Freedom Index at RSF’s webpage.