According to Reporters Without Borders’ 2020 World Press Freedom Index, Portugal occupies one of the highest positions in what concerns the freedom of the press.
The country ranks number 10 this year, rising 2 places since the previous year and 4 since 2018, being recognized as one of the countries where reporters and journalists experience little constraints when doing their jobs.
The organization states that “Even if Portugal’s journalists are poorly paid and job insecurity is growing, the reporting environment is relatively calm”.
Highlighted data for Portugal shows:
- 0 journalists killed in 2020
- 0 citizens journalists killed in 2020
- 0 media assistants killed in 2020
Those are absolutely fantastic numbers, showing no criminality towards reporters in Portugal and also no imprisonments.
At a European level, “even if some member countries lead the world with respect for media freedom, the European Union is getting more and more heterogeneous. Challenged by ‘illiberal democracies,’ the ‘fight against terrorism’ and the economic crisis, it has largely lost its leadership capacity.”
Published every year since 2002 by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the World Press Freedom Index is an important advocacy tool. Because it is well known, its influence over governments is growing and many heads of state and government fear its annual publication.
The Index is a point of reference that is quoted by media throughout the world and is used by diplomats and international entities such as the United Nations and the World Bank.