Greece’s press freedom struggle: A fragile balance

Press freedom around the world is being threatened by the very people who should be its guarantors – political authorities. This is clear from the latest annual World Press Freedom Index produced by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). This finding is based on the fact that, of the five indicators used to compile the ranking, it is the political indicator that has fallen most, registering a global average fall of 7.6 points.

Greece’s press freedom index for 2024 positions it at 88 out of 180 countries, signaling persistent struggles in media independence. Notably, this ranking places Greece at the bottom among European nations for the third consecutive year.

According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF) 2024 report, political interference and regulatory inertia pose significant threats to editorial autonomy, while vague legislation and economic pressures further constrain journalistic freedom. Societal biases and safety concerns, exemplified by the unsolved murder of journalist Giorgos Karaivaz, underscore the urgency for comprehensive reforms to safeguard press freedom and uphold democratic values.

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