Canada

Canada

Press freedom solely on paper

While Canada guarantees freedom of the press under its 1982 constitution, circumstances faced by journalists say otherwise. With mounting concern over the government’s “growing secrecy” and rampant bureaucracy in executing Access to Information (ATI) requests, Stephen Harper’s reign was considered a “dark age” for journalism. Current Prime Minister Trudeau has strongly advocated for a “free media” but only time will tell if his promises will be fulfilled.

18
in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

-10

8 in 2015

Global score

-4.27

10.99 in 2015

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    netizens killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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