About Freedom of the Press
Freedom of the Press Report Editions
Freedom of the Press 2017
WHAT IS FREEDOM OF THE PRESS?
Freedom of the Press, an annual report on media independence around the world, assesses the degree of print, broadcast, and digital media freedom in 199 countries and territories. Published since 1980, it provides numerical scores and country narratives evaluating the legal environment for the media, political pressures that influence reporting, and economic factors that affect access to news and information. Freedom of the Press is the most comprehensive data set available on global media freedom and serves as a key resource for policymakers, international institutions, journalists, activists, and scholars worldwide.
“Freedom House’s report systematically documents the array of threats to press freedom and applies a consistent standard across all countries. It goes beyond a simple tally of journalists arrested and killed to assess legal restrictions and economic pressures that significantly constrain media freedom.” —Dunja Mijatović, Representative on Freedom of the Media, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (2010–16)
HOW IS FREEDOM OF THE PRESS PRODUCED?
External analysts assess the 199 countries and territories, using a combination of on-the-ground research, consultations with local contacts, and information from news articles, nongovernmental organizations, governments, and a variety of other sources. Expert advisers and regional specialists then vet the analysts’ conclusions. The final product represents the consensus of the analysts, advisers, and Freedom House staff.
WHO FUNDS FREEDOM OF THE PRESS?
Freedom of the Press receives no governmental funding. Generous support comes from a range of private foundations and individual donors, including the Jyllands-Posten Foundation, the Hurford Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, Free Press Unlimited, the Fritt Ord Foundation, the Reed Foundation, and Kim G. Davis.
Freedom House is solely responsible for the content of this report.
WHERE CAN I VIEW PAST YEAR'S RATINGS?
The first edition of Freedom of the Press covered the year 1979. The historical data are available in Excel format here:
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