Britain just hit a record low in the global press freedom rankings

Louis Dor
Thursday 27 April 2017 16:00
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An annual global index of press freedom has found that the UK has slipped to 40th out of 180 countries.

Journalists working in the UK are less free to hold power to account than those in Namibia, Slovenia, Chile, South Africa, Samoa and Germany.

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In the past five years the UK has slipped 12 places in the index.

Reporters without Borders (RSF), the campaign group behind the index, said in a statement:

Donald Trump’s rise to power in the United States and the Brexit campaign in the United Kingdom were marked by high-profile media bashing, a highly toxic anti-media discourse that drove the world into a new era of post-truth, disinformation and fake news.

Christophe Deloire, the organisation's secretary general, said:

The rate at which democracies are approaching the tipping point is alarming for all those who understand that if media freedom is not secure, then none of the other freedoms can be guaranteed.

RSF raised concerns about the UK's Investigatory Powers Act, passed last November with little resistance in parliament, which granted UK intelligence agencies and police wide-ranging surveillance powers.

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