Sunday, May 4, 2008

Global press freedom declines for 6th straight year

A report concerning press freedom was released this week. Jim Lobe reports on regional variations in the perceived importance of media freedom:
The importance accorded press freedom was most strongly felt in Latin America. In Mexico, nearly eight in 10 resondents said it was very important. . .

Among developed countries, Britain toped the list, with 65 percent calling press freedom very important. In the U.S., on the other hand, only 56 percent chose very important. . . less than the 58 percent of Chinese respondents who opted for very important.

The least enthusiasm for an unfettered press was found in Russia (23 percent said very important), Iran (29 percent), and India (34 percent).
See also: Freedom House Press release
Photo: By Jotman. Depicts Indonesian journalists marching in Jakarta last week. Story here.

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