Denmark | Freedom House

Freedom of the Press



Freedom of the Press 2004

2004 Scores

Press Status


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


Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)


Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)


The media enjoy strong constitutional protections for free expression and a long tradition of press freedom. Independent print and broadcast media represent a wide variety of views and are frequently critical of the government. Although in 2002 Copenhagen police secretly recorded telephone conversations between journalist Stig Matthiesen and his editor at the newspaper Jyllands-Posten, a court order requiring Matthiesen to reveal his sources was subsequently overturned, as Danish law protects journalists from revealing confidential sources except in cases of serious crime or where necessary for police investigation. Tight restrictions on advertising for Danish broadcasters have led some broadcasters to move to Britain.