Powerful overlapping institutions
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 Catholic Church – continues to condition 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. During the legislative election in the spring of 2019, Andorra was not spared the wave of hostility towards journalists that is spreading throughout Europe.
37 in 2019
24.63 in 2019