The UK is the 38th country in the world in terms of a free press, having slid four places down the rankings from last year.
While global press freedom slipped, the UK declined even more over the past year; it's overall index score dropping 1.7 points, compared to the average decline of 1.17.
It is unfortunately clear that many of the world’s leaders are developing a form of paranoia about legitimate journalism.
RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire
The country that scored highest in the World Press Freedom Index 2016, published by Reporters Without Borders, was Finland, closely followed by the Netherlands and Norway, while Denmark and New Zealand rounded out the top five.
The country that scored lowest in the rankings of 180 countries, was Eritrea, followed by North Korea, Turkmenistan, the Syrian Arab Republic and China.