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Journalists Uon Chhin, left, and Yeang Sothearin, right, arrive at the municipal court, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Oct…
Two years after Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin were arrested in Phnom Penh, charged with espionage, and released on conditional bail, a lengthy trial brought no closure
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Thu, 11/14/2019 - 20:18
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VOA Kurdish reporter Zana Omer honored for courage, persistence in covering the news
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Thu, 11/14/2019 - 11:07
Journalist and writer Ahmet Altan (C) waves to his daughter Senem Altan (R) as he is detained on November 12, 2019, at Kadikoy…
The EU has grown increasingly concerned at the decline in media freedom in Turkey since the attempted coup, which was followed by a major crackdown on journalists
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Thu, 11/14/2019 - 09:32
Journalist Sam Mednick (R) is seen in an undated photo from her Twitter account @sammednick.
South Sudan's media authority accused reporter Sam Mednick of reporting false information
Waakhe Simon Wudu
Wed, 11/13/2019 - 10:45
FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 file photo, Turkish soldiers, right, and Turkey-backed opposition fighters stand atop a…
Amnesty International says the crackdown is part of a wider post-coup attack on freedom of expression
Henry Ridgwell
Tue, 11/12/2019 - 20:50
FILE - Members of the media take pictures of the former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski during the opening ceremony of the airport Alexander the Great in Skopje, Macedonia, June 9, 2011.
The leading journalism school in North Macedonia has not enrolled any new students for the past five years
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Tue, 11/12/2019 - 17:35
Stevan Dojčinović received the 2019 Knight International Journalism Award at the 35th annual ICFJ  dinner in Washington this week. He used his acceptance speech to warn about spreading nationalist tendencies. (Milan Nešić/VOA)
Founding editor of Belgrade-headquartered investigative journalism outlet honored for reporting amid threats, harassment
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Sat, 11/09/2019 - 00:21

Voices on Press Freedom

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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

Select a country to see change in press freedom and how neighbors compare.


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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