Press freedom: UK ranked below Tonga, Lithuania and Ghana in new report

This is chilling, and an absolute disgrace. Just to show how low we’ve come in the amount of freedom given to our press, one of the countries ranked higher than us is Latvia. This is a country that every year holds rallies in honour of the country’s freedom with former Waffen SS veterans. It’s horrendous that this country should prize press freedom, and the necessity of including a variety of voices and opinions in the press, less than one which honours the memory of the Nazis.

Mr Pride points out that this is due to the ownership of vast newspaper conglomerates by a very few press magnates. This is undoubtedly true, and was predicted at least a quarter of a century ago. I can remember going to a Fabian Society meeting, at which one of the speakers was a member of the National Union of Journalists, about this very subject. She recommended giving worker’s control and complete editorial freedom to the newspapers, to prevent them all presenting the same political bias. She was right, and this has just born out her point thirty years later.

Pride's Purge

This is shameful.

The new 2016 rankings – compiled every year by Reporters Without Borders – show the UK is now ranked a worrying number 38th in the world for press freedom:

press rankings 2016

The rankings are compiled taking into account the following criteria:

  1. Pluralism (the degree to which opinions are represented in the media)
  2. Media Independence (the degree to which the media are able to function independently of sources of political, governmental, business and religious influence)
  3. Self-censorship
  4. Legislative Framework
  5. Transparency
  6. Infrastructure
  7. Abuses (acts of abuse and violence against journalists and media)

To illustrate what the problem may be, the European section of the report concludes:

“The continent that respects media freedom most seemed to be on a downhill course.”

“Media ownership by conglomerates with a wide range of business interests has long posed a threat to journalistic independence, but the threat is growing and is endangering the European model.”

So there we have…

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