The past year, 2017, was marked by the murder of 30-year-old Swedish journalist Kim Wall after she set off from Copenhagen in a small submarine with Danish inventor Peter Madsen, the submarine’s creator, with the aim of interviewing him. Her murder by Madsen, who received a life sentence in April 2018, shocked Denmark and Sweden, two relatively small countries where both the journalist and her murderer 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 that were later reprinted by Charlie Hebdo in France.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



4 in 2017

Global score


10.36 in 2017

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    journalists killed in 2019
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    citizens journalists killed in 2019
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