Press Freedom

Democracy advocate Freedom House defines press freedom as, “the ability of journalists to report freely on matters of public interest.” Under such conditions, the press is able to inform the public while providing a platform for the open exchange of information and ideas. However, since 2001, press freedom around the world has been in decline. With this decline, doing journalism has become more dangerous. This entry explains this decline and what it means to journalists and their ability to report in the interests of democracy.

Dying for Journalism

According to the Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ), in the 28 years from 1992 to the start of 2020, 1,365 journalists had been murdered for their work around the world. Broadening the count to include media workers, ...

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