Irish Press Freedom – A Drop In Global Ranking For 2011-2012

The 2011-2012 Press Freedom Index from Reporters Without Borders has been released and it shows that Ireland has dropped five places from number 10 in their global ranking of media independence to number 15. Amongst the concerns that seem to have led to Ireland’s lower rating is the government’s implementation of the draconian 2009 Defamation Act, a crude anti-blasphemy law, new restrictions on internet freedoms, and the increasing monopolisation of the Irish newspaper and media markets. Britain currently stands at 28 after dropping nine places.

The full report, in PDF format, can be downloaded here.

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