Freedom of the Press

Ireland

Ireland

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Free

Press Freedom Score
(0 = best, 100 = worst)

16

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

4

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

7

Free expression is constitutionally guaranteed. Print and broadcast media report aggressively on diverse social and political issues. The Defamation Act criminalizes libel and requires the journalist to prove the truth of the challenged report. The Official Secrets Act prohibits disclosure of sensitive government documents. Journalists are rarely prosecuted under these laws but they do restrict coverage. The Broadcasting Act permits officials to ban material likely to incite crime or undermine the authority of the state.