Europe Leads World on Press Freedoms

As they have in previous years, European countries continue to dominate the Top 20 in the Reporters Without Borders 2009 Press Freedom Index, despite poor showings from countries like France, Italy, Romania and Slovakia. Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway and Sweden all received top marks in the report, which tracks media freedom around the world. Yet despite Northern Europe’s steadfast protection of freedom of speech and expression, protections in other European countries showed further declines from last year. France and Italy dropped down the list by 8 and 5 slots respectively, drawing fire for authorities’ meddling in the press and physical […]

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