UK falls down in press freedom rankings

Every year Reporters Without Borders produces an index, ranking countries based on ‘press freedom’. Britain has dropped two places to 40th, making a total of 12 places dropped in the last five years.

RSF cited the increased use of surveillance and restrictive legislation: Investigatory Powers Act, Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, and proposed changes to the Official Secrets Act. The proposed changes to the Official Secrets Act would allow journalists to be jailed for up to 14 years for obtaining leaked information.

This is useful for assessing the health of democracy in the UK in Unit 1 Democracy & Participation, since a free press which is able to hold politicians to account is a key element of a liberal democracy.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/27/press-freedom-uk-40th-press-freedom-rankings-election

 

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