This is shameful.
The new 2016 rankings – compiled every year by Reporters Without Borders – show the UK is now ranked a worrying number 38th in the world for press freedom:
The rankings are compiled taking into account the following criteria:
- Pluralism (the degree to which opinions are represented in the media)
- Media Independence (the degree to which the media are able to function independently of sources of political, governmental, business and religious influence)
- Legislative Framework
- Abuses (acts of abuse and violence against journalists and media)
To illustrate what the problem may be, the European section of the report concludes:
“The continent that respects media freedom most seemed to be on a downhill course.”
“Media ownership by conglomerates with a wide range of business interests has long posed a threat to journalistic independence, but the threat is growing and is endangering the European model.”
So there we have it, in a nutshell.
In the UK especially, we’re confusing press freedom with the freedom for a handful of powerful press barons on behalf of a wealthy elite to do what they like.
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