Regional model

The decriminalization of media offences, community broadcast regulations and access to information ensure a favourable environment for journalists in Uruguay. The Law on Broadcast Communication Services adopted in December 2014 encourages media pluralism and established a Broadcast Communications Council that is independent of the government. Nonetheless, during President Tabaré Vázquez’s second five-year term (2015-2020), RSF registered several cases of threats, intimidation and political pressure on journalists who had covered sensitive cases involving members of the president’s office, as well as judicial harassment of several investigative reporters.

in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index



19 in 2019

Global score


16.06 in 2019

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