Press freedom in in the UK

An interesting study by Reporters Without Borders places the UK 24th in a league table of press freedom. To be honest it seems rather high knowing how many pitfalls stand in the way of getting investigations into the public domain in this country. Libel laws, contempt of court, the Official Secrets Act and the lack of protection for whistleblowers would all seem to make the UK even worse for press freedom than this study indicates. However, at least journalists aren’t killed, which is the frightening reality for many reporters working in other countries.

UK ranked 24th for press freedom
Tuesday October 16, 2007
MediaGuardian.co.uk

Britain has been outranked by more than 20 countries including Estonia, Portugal and Trinidad and Tobago in a survey of press freedom around the world.

The UK was rated 24th in an index of 169 countries published today by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which examined various factors such as the way journalists are treated, freedom of speech, freedom of information and diversity of media ownership.

Read the full article here.

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