"The land of the free press"

When presidents Trump and Putin met in Helsinki in July 2018, all of the billboards between the airport and the city were filled with news headlines illustrating their attitudes towards freedom of the press and telling them, in English and in Russian: "Mr. President, welcome to the land of the free press". In October, a district court in Helsinki handed heavy sentences to two pro-Putin activists for defaming and stalking a female journalist with the purpose of trying to silence her. The court drew the line: extreme hate speech cannot hide behind the pretense of free speech. The scandals of 2016 and 2017 proved to be isolated incidents and have not been repeated since.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



4 in 2018

Global score


10.26 in 2018

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2020
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