Power conditioning press freedom
After decades of money-laundering and tax evasion scandals, the Principality of Andorra is still far from shedding its reputation as a tax haven although no longer officially regarded as such by the European Union. The financial sector is still powerful and the all-pervasive influence of the principality’s three overlapping pillars – state, private sector and the Catholic Church – continues to condition[influence?] the media environment. The problem is compounded by the microstate’s size, which leaves little room for privacy, anonymity and independence, three indispensable conditions for press freedom. With one of the world’s highest per capita Covid-19 rates and subject to restrictions imposed by France and Spain, Andorra suffered an unprecedented public health and economic crisis in 2020. If its media have not been overcritical of the government’s handling of the crisis, it’s probably because the biggest media outlets receive a great deal of state advertising. The relationship between government and media is not very transparent and follows the model of close but opaque links that characterises governance in general in Andorra.
37 in 2020
23.23 in 2020