freedom of the press

Journalists faced an increasingly grim working environment in 2008, with global press freedom declining for a seventh straight year and deterioration occurring for the first time in every region, according to Freedom House's annual media study. The rollback was not confined to traditionally authoritarian states; with Israel, Italy and Hong Kong slipping from the study's Free category to Partly Free status.
Freedom of the Press, Freedom House's annual assessment of media freedom in 195 countries and territories, will be formally released on Friday, May 1 at 10 a.m. EST in advance of World Press Freedom Day.
Freedom House calls for an independent inquiry into the death of Omidreza Mirsayafi, an Iranian blogger who had just begun serving a two-year prison sentence for posting comments on his blog about Iran's leaders.
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