Freedom of the Press

Freedom of the Press 2014

Press Freedom at the Lowest Level in a Decade

Hover over a country below to view its press freedom score.*

Green = Free
Yellow = Partly Free
Purple = Not Free    

* Score out of 100. The lower the score, the better the press freedom status.

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Only 1 in 7 people live in a country with a 'free' press.

Global press freedom has fallen to its lowest level in over a decade, according to the latest edition of Freedom House's press freedom survey. The decline was driven in part by major regression in several Middle Eastern states, including Egypt, Libya, and Jordan; marked setbacks in Turkey, Ukraine, and a number of countries in East Africa; and deterioration in the relatively open media environment of the United States.

Freedom of the Press 2014 found that despite positive developments in a number of countries, most notably in sub-Saharan Africa, the dominant trends were reflected in setbacks in every other region.


  Press Release 

  Press Release (Russian)
  Map of Press Freedom
  Overview Essay
  Overview Essay (Russian)
  Charts and Graphs


Note: Reports for individual countries and territories will be posted under the second tab below as they become available. Territories, as opposed to countries, are identified with asterisks.