Latvia

Latvia

Debate about disinformation

The press freedom situation in Latvia is not as favorable as in neighboring Estonia, and has continued to worsen with the spread of “fake news” of suspected Russian origin. There is also concern about the many elected municipal officials who, with the declared aim of informing the public, publish “local newspapers” written by their staff that serve their interests. They are helping to undermine the public’s trust in the media. Other problems for the media include economic difficulties, inadequate and poorly distributed state aid, the lawsuits that have been brought against several journalists, and legislation that does not favor the media and their sources.

24
in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

+4

28 in 2017

Global score

+1.01

18.62 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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