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Many Consider Media Freedom on the Decline

According to a new Gallup poll, more people claim that the media freedom in their respective countries is on the decline.

The survey asked 1,000 people each in 132 countries across the globe “Do The Media in This Country have a lot of Freedom, or Not?” A median of 63 percent said “yes,” the lowest that number has been since 2010.

While the percentage of those claiming their media had “a lot” of freedom dropped, the percentage of those answering no, that their press didn’t have a lot of freedom, increased. From 2010 to 2013, those answering “no” to the Gallup poll question rose from 23 percent to 26 percent.

The five least free countries were The Republic of Congo, Chad, Gabon, Syria and Belarus. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Denmark and New Zealand had the highest perceived media freedom.

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