UK Drops Down in World Press Freedom Index

Britain has dropped two places in the latest World Press Freedom Index, which ranks countries on the freedom of their journalists. Now ranked at 40, the UK sits behind countries including Surinam, Namibia, and South Africa.

The drop follows the passing of the Investigatory Powers Act last December, which increased the Government’s surveillance powers, as well as proposed plans to crack down on national security journalism. It also comes after a report from the Index on Censorship, which said press freedom was “under threat like never before”.

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