The percentage of the world’s population that has access to a free press remained at its lowest point in 13 years in 2016, says Freedom House, an independent organization that promotes press freedom around the world.
Freedom House cites unprecedented threats to journalists and media outlets and intensified crackdowns on independent media by authoritarian regimes as the reasons.
Freedom House will announce changes in the state of world press freedom as the Newseum unveils the newly updated world press freedom map located in the Newseum’s Time Warner World News Gallery.
After the 10:30 a.m. map unveiling, the Newseum and Freedom House will host two special programs in the Knight TV Studio assessing the state of press freedom throughout the world as well as here in the United States.
The first panel at 11 a.m. will feature:
The second panel at 12:30 p.m. will feature:
Both panels will be moderated by Freedom House President Mike Abramowitz.
Generous support for this annual program was provided by Bette Bao Lord and Winston Lord.