World’s first press freedom law

In 2016, Sweden celebrated the 250th anniversary of the world’s first press freedom law, adopted by the Swedish parliament in 1776. It enshrines not only freedom of the press but also the public’s right of access to state-held documents under the innovative principle of “the right to information.” This pioneering law was not however sufficiently protective because, two and a half centuries later, a number of Swedish journalists have been the targets of threats. The authorities have repeatedly condemned those responsible in the past year, and the cooperation between the police and the media or journalists’ unions is seen as a step forward in combatting threats of this kind.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



8 in 2016

Global score


12.33 in 2016

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