Defamation and judicial threats

Even if Portugal’s journalists are poorly paid and job insecurity is growing, the reporting environment is relatively calm. But some problems continue. Insult and defamation are still criminalised despite repeated rulings by the European Court of Human Rights that Portugal is violating free speech. The soccer world, both managers and supporters, is still very aggressive towards the media, and journalists are often threatened with lawsuits when covering questionable practices at the main clubs.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



14 in 2018

Global score


14.17 in 2018

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