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Title: Freedom of the Press 2013
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Publisher: Freedom House
Files: Freedom of the Press 2013 Booklet.pdf
Abstract: Every year, the watchdog organization Freedom House releases a global index on press freedom, providing analytical reports and numerical ratings for 197 countries and territories. This booklet presents selected data from the 2013 report. The organisation observes a "broader global pattern in which the percentage of people worldwide who enjoy a free media environment fell to its lowest point in more than a decade," and highlights declines in the Middle East and Latin America as well as countries like Greece and Mali. Reasons for decline, the report notes, included "the continued, increasingly sophisticated repression of independent journalism and new media by authoritarian regimes; the ripple effects of the European economic crisis and longer-term challenges to the financial sustainability of print media; and ongoing threats from nonstate actors such as radical Islamists and organized crime groups". In Central and Eastern Europe, freedom of the press suffered a continuing deterioration, largely determined by worsening economic conditions for the media. Hungary, which had been downgraded to a "Partly Free" status in 2011, saw little change this year, but "legal amendments adopted to meet objections from the European Commission in 2011 and 2012 have done little to curb the power of a new media authority controlled by the ruling Fidesz party," and concerns remain about "extensive legislative and regulatory changes that have tightened government control of the media". The index this year places Hungary in a shared 74th place in the global ranking, along with Serbia and Montenegro and just below South Africa, Hong Kong and East Timor.
Publication/ adoption date: 2013-05-01
Language: English
Rights: Freedom House