‘Downward Spiral’: UK Slips to 40th Place in Press Freedom Rankings

They have potable droped behind Turkey.

Rigged Game

Reporters Without Borders warns Britain is approaching tipping point in wake of passage of Investigatory Powers Act

By Damien Gayle and cross-posted from The Guardian

Journalists in the UK are less free to hold power to account than those working in South Africa, Chile or Lithuania, according to an index of press freedom around the world.

Laws permitting generalised surveillance, as well as a proposal for a new espionage act that could criminalise journalists and whistleblowers as spies, were cited by Reporters Without Borders as it knocked the UK down two places from last year, to 40th out of 180 countries in its World Press Freedom Index.

In the past five years, the UK has slipped 12 places down the index. Rebecca Vincent, RSF’s UK bureau director, said this year’s ranking would have been worse were it not for a general decline in press freedom around the world…

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