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Denmark has recovered from the drop in its ranking after 30-year-old Swedish journalist Kim Wall’s murder near Copenhagen in 2017 by Danish inventor Peter Madsen, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in March 2018. Her murder shocked Denmark and Sweden, relatively small countries where both Wall and Madsen were already well known. Free speech in Denmark is guaranteed by article 77 of its 1849 constitution, which says: “Every person shall be at liberty to publish their ideas in print, in writing, and in speech, subject to their being held responsible in a court of law. Censorship and other preventive measures shall never again be introduced.” It was Denmark’s newspaper Jyllands Posten that published 12 cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed which were later reprinted by Charlie Hebdo in France.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



9 in 2018

Global score


13.99 in 2018

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    journalists killed in 2020
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    citizens journalists killed in 2020
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    media assistants killed in 2020
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