Less press freedom in Iceland than other Nordics
Iceland dropped one place on the World Press Freedom Index this year and now ranks 16th in the world, according to Reporters Without Borders. The NGO notes that communication between media and politicians in Iceland has deteriorated in recent years, and that the 2008 financial crisis dented media outlets’ ability to resist pressure from financially powerful stakeholders and lobbyists. Reporters Without Borders also flags what it describes as a media campaign launched by Samherji to discredit journalists that covered its corruption case.
Norway tops the global ranking for the fifth year in a row, and is followed by Finland, Sweden, and Denmark. In 16th spot, Iceland is well below its Nordic neighbours, but nevertheless ranks higher than partner countries including Austria, Australia, France, Italy, the UK, and the USA.
Of the 180 countries in the Index, press freedom is severely restricted or non-existent in 130.
Violence against journalists has more than doubled in the European Union and Balkan peninsula, the report claims.
The best performing countries on the list are colour-coded white on the NGO’s website, but there are only 12 of them.