Direct and indirect suppression of speech, books, music and other materials considered morally, politically or otherwise objectionable.
With populist and nationalist forces making significant gains in democratic states, 2016 marked the 11th consecutive year of decline in global freedom.
The purpose of this report is to offer an outline of the main events and trends regarding freedom of speech and, in particular, media freedom.
Many journalists increasingly practice self-censorship, fearing retribution from security forces, military intelligence, and militant groups. Media outlets in 2016 remained under pressure to avoid reporting on or criticising human rights violations in counterterrorism operations. The Taliban and other armed groups threatened media outlets and targeted journalists and activists for their work.
- Most covered countries for this issue