World’s first press freedom law

Sweden, home of the world’s first press freedom law from 1776, is still ranks among the very top when it comes to media freedom. The law 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.” Following years of reports of online threats, the Swedish government has presented an action plan against threats to journalists and to increase capacity to the police and the judiciary. As Sweden’s heading into the 2018 election cycle, it does so with growing concern around fake news. While some interventions to counter the risks are proportionate, other actions are more controversial and might jeopardize media pluralism and independence. There’s also concern around two proposed laws that would impact whistleblowers and access to information, respectively.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



2 in 2017

Global score


8.27 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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