Press Freedom

World Watch

VOD Roundtable producers do final audio and video checks before going live with host Lim Thida, far right, and guest Yi Soksan of Adhoc, at VOD's studio, in Phnom Penh, Sept. 11, 2019. (Tum Malis/VOA Khmer)
After being forced off the airwaves, longtime independent broadcaster Voice of Democracy tries a comeback on Facebook and YouTube
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Sun, 12/08/2019 - 20:25
Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks to gun control advocates and victims of gun violence in Aurora, Colo…
Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg says reporters at the news organization need to accept that restrictions come along with their paycheck
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Fri, 12/06/2019 - 18:44
Moscow student Yegor Zhukov speaks to the media after his trial in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. The court on Friday…
Moscow college student Yegor Zhukov faced up to four years in prison for involvement in summer protests 
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Fri, 12/06/2019 - 15:16
Pakistani journalists take part in a demonstration to show solidarity with the workers of English-language newspaper Dawn, in…
Friday's protest was the second incident this week at the offices of the English-language Dawn newspaper
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Fri, 12/06/2019 - 13:00
Student and blogger Yegor Zhukov, who is under house arrest after being detained at a rally for fair elections, walks inside a…
Moscow college student to face sentencing Friday on charges of inciting extremism online during summer protests 
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Thu, 12/05/2019 - 21:38
Nigerian activist and former presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore appears at the federal high court in Abuja, Nigeria,…
Journalist Omoyele Sowore had been held by state security forces under questionable circumstances for 125 days
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Thu, 12/05/2019 - 17:49
Pakistani journalists and rights activists hold a banner reading as "Solidarity with Dawn Workers" during a demonstration in…
Pakistani journalists and rights activists have rallied in support of a leading newspaper in Islamabad and elsewhere, days after Islamists gathered at office of the paper, threatening staff and demanding its editor be hanged
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Thu, 12/05/2019 - 10:54

Voices on Press Freedom

Press Freedom Podcast: Protecting Press Freedom in the US

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Voice of America is committed to press freedom around the world. Many VOA journalists work in countries that restrain free speech and independent journalism. In those countries, local journalists and news media often face threats or other repercussions yet succeed in delivering news and vital information. This page strives to tell their stories. If you have tips or know of a story we should tell, contact press freedom editor Doug Bernard at or direct message our Twitter account @dfrontiers.



The Changing Map of Press Freedom

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Press Freedom Score

Freedom House rates countries on legal, political and economic freedoms. A total score of 0-30 is designated Free; 31 to 60 is Partly Free; and 61 to 100 indicates Not Free. Rankings are released annually.

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