Global press freedom is at a 13 year low, according to Freedom House, a non-governmental organization group that advocates for democracy and human rights. To commemorate World Press Freedom Day the organization has created an interactive map illustrating the level of press freedom around the world. The visualization allows users to observe the degree to which a country’s legal, political, and economic environments permit the press to operate freely, and indicates if a country’s press is “free,” “partly free,” or “not free.” The data shows that only 61 countries have free press, with 45 percent of the world’s population living in countries lacking press freedom.
Visualizing Press Freedom Around the World
Matthew Beckwith is a policy fellow at the Center for Data Innovation. Previously, Matt worked as an analyst in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence. Prior to that, he worked as an intern at the White House, as well as a speechwriting and policy intern on the O'Malley for President 2016 campaign. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston College.
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