Little pluralism, vulnerable journalists

Although a relatively stable democracy, Chile continues to suffer from corruption and from hangovers from the military dictatorship. Pluralism and democratic debate are limited by the concentration of media ownership and the difficulties that community media encounter in ensuring their long-term survival. Despite significant progress in access to information and Internet use, the confidentiality of journalists’ sources is often violated and journalists still have problems covering certain subjects such as political corruption and protests by the Mapuche communities, which have been in conflict with the Chilean state for nearly 200 years. Reporters are often targeted while covering demonstrations and lack protection. During the last quarter of 2019, violent protests triggered by a Santiago metro fare hike led to many cases of targeted harassment and physical attacks against journalists and media outlets throughout the country.

in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index



46 in 2019

Global score


25.65 in 2019

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2021
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