Sweden boasts second place in press freedom ranking

The country ranks second in the World Press Freedom Index 2017, climbing six notches from its eighth place last year. Norway grabs the top spot, while Finland and Denmark follow closely after Sweden in the third and fourth place respectively. The index, which is issued each year by Reporters Without Borders (RWB), measures the conditions for media in 180 countries. Published since 2002, the index measures indicators including pluralism, media independence and respect for the safety and freedom of journalists. Sweden boasts the world's oldest press freedom law, which celebrated 250 years in 2016. But with the rise of social media, online threats against journalists have posed a growing threat to press freedom in the country in recent years. (The Local)



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