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.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



23 in 2016

Global score


17.27 in 2016

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