WEB Notes: Do not let this one fool you, the lack of “press freedom” is not just a problem in foreign lands, but the Westernized world as well. Only in the West, we call it protecting free speech and demonizing “hate speech” and in the West they fine Google, Facebook and the like for allowing such “hateful content” online. Yes, freedom is on the decline all over the world.
Media freedom around the world has fallen to the lowest level for at least a decade, according to a study that shows journalists are threatened by government censorship, organised crime and commercial pressures caused by the growth of the internet.
Turkey has experienced the biggest decline in freedom of speech over the past decade but Brazil, Burundi, Egypt, Poland, Venezuela and Bangladesh have also had a disturbing decline in the diversity and independence of the media, according to the report.
“For the first time, we have a comprehensive and holistic overview of the state of freedom of expression and information around the world,” said Thomas Hughes, the executive director of Article 19, the freedom of expression campaign group, which produced the report in conjunction with V-Dem, a political and social database.