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World press freedom in danger

Annual report shows the environment for journalism is "bad" in seven out of 10 countries

The Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists announced on Monday - including the Star Tribune in the Investigative Reporting category - recognized journalism's possibilities.

Journalism's perils were made clear last week on World Press Freedom Day, with the release of the World Press Freedom Index, which evaluates the environment for journalism in 180 countries.

The news about news environments worldwide is not good. The situation is "very serious" in 31 countries, "difficult" in 42, "problematic" in 55, and "good" or "satisfactory" in only 52.

Those fortunate 52 countries are disproportionately in Western Europe, with Nordic nations giving many Minnesotans yet another reason to be proud of their heritage. Norway was ranked first for the seventh straight year, followed closely by Denmark, Sweden and Finland, which ranked third through fifth, respectively. Ireland jumped four spots to rank second.

While more restrictive nations are prevalent worldwide, the bottom three are in East Asia: Vietnam, China and North Korea (178th through 180th, respectively).


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