World press freedom declines

Friday, May 2, 2008

WASHINGTON — The Newseum's 36-foot by 20-foot map illustrating press freedoms around the world served as a backdrop for the April 29 release of Freedom House's annual survey of global press freedoms.

According to the survey, which has studied media independence in 195 countries and territories since 1980, press freedoms have suffered a six-year decline. Journalists are working in increasingly hostile environments in almost every region in the world.

The Freedom House survey coincides with the annual World Press Freedom Day, celebrated May 3.

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In related news, a new global poll on freedom of the press conducted by finds widespread support for press freedom and strong opposition to government restrictions on Internet access.

The poll, also released for World Press Freedom Day, includes opinions from 20 countries: China, India, the United States, Indonesia, Nigeria, Russia, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Britain, Egypt, France, Iran, Jordan, Mexico, Peru, Poland, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine, and the Palestinian territories.

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First Amendment Center Online staff contributed to this item.