Back in the top 20 but still room for improvement

Prime Minister Trudeau has strongly advocated for a “free media” as guaranteed under Canada's 1982 Constitution. Despite recent positive steps, like the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry to investigate Quebec police surveillance of multiple journalists, and the adoption of a federal press “shield law” to protect the confidentiality of journalists’ sources, his first two years in office have been an overall disappointment. A VICE News reporter is still fighting a court order compelling him to hand over communications with his source to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, while another journalist for The Independent is facing criminal and civil charges for his coverage of protests against a hydroelectric project in Labrador. A draft reform project for controversial Bill C-51 uses national security as an excuse to chill the free flow of information online, while the recent closure of more than forty independent newspapers following an agreement between two of the country's largest publishers risks compromising media pluralism in the country.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



18 in 2018

Global score


15.28 in 2018

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