Defamation and physical attacks
Even though Portugal’s journalists are poorly paid and job insecurity is growing, the reporting environment has been less hostile this year. Some problems continue to exist: insult and defamation are still criminalized despite repeated rulings by the European Court of Human Rights that Portugal is violating free speech. Three TV crews were also attacked in soccer stadiums in 2017 as the sport’s supporters and managers continue to be incredibly aggressive towards the media. In an attempt to provide journalists with more protection—a move welcomed by RSF—the Portuguese parliament recently increased the criminal code penalties for abuses against media personnel.
18 in 2017
15.77 in 2017