Published on May 3rd, 2017 | by Matthew Beckwith0
Visualizing Press Freedom Around the World
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.