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freedomhouse.org Press Release: Global Press Freedom Declines in Every Region for First Time. Israel, Italy and Hong Kong Lose Free Status

freedomhouse.org Press Release: Global Press Freedom Declines in Every Region for First Time. Israel, Italy and Hong Kong Lose Free Status

Washington May 1, 2009

Journalists faced an increasingly grim working environment in 2008, with global press freedom declining for a seventh straight year and deterioration occurring for the first time in every region, according to Freedom House’s annual media study. The rollback was not confined to traditionally authoritarian states; with Israel, Italy and Hong Kong slipping from the study’s Free category to Partly Free status.

Western Europe: The region continues to boast the world’s highest level of press freedom. However, Italy slipped back into the Partly Free category with free speech limited by courts and libel laws, increased intimidation of journalists by organized crime and far-right groups, and concerns over the concentration of media ownership.

Fragile Freedoms: Declines in Israel, Italy and Taiwan illustrate that established democracies with traditionally open media are not immune to restricting media freedom.