Press Freedom and Public Support

Very apropos the question regarding journalistic independence and state involvement, Reporters without Borders just published their 2009 Press Freedom Index.

The low-public support United States is ranked 20th (with the UK and Luxembourg). The high-support Nordic countries are ranked a shared 1st (together with Ireland).

To take two examples, annual public support for journalism amounts to roughly $1.35 per capita in the U.S., versus about $200 per capita in my native Denmark. (does someone have figures from Ireland? I don’t)

Obviously, this does not imply causation, but at the very least it seriously challenges the idea that substantial public support for journalism necessarily undermines press freedom.

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One response to “Press Freedom and Public Support

  1. Rasmus,

    Here’s some data for Ireland; haven’t been able to parse it yet, however.

    http://www.ejc.net/media_landscape/article/ireland/

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