North Korea

North Korea

Last in the Index

North Korea is ranked last in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Headed by Kim Jong-un since 2012, North Korea’s totalitarian regime continues to keep its citizens in a state of ignorance and fear of being sent to a concentration camp for listening to radio broadcasts from outside the country. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) is the sole source of official news for the print and broadcast media. Ostensibly, the Korean authorities are displaying greater flexibility towards the international media, allowing more foreign reporters to cover official events. In September 2016, Agence France-Presse even opened a bureau in partnership with KCNA, as the Associated Press did in 2012. However, the regime continues to exercise meticulous control over the information available to the foreign media, as seen when British journalist Rupert Wingfield-Hayes was expelled in May 2016.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



179 in 2016

Global score


83.76 in 2016

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