Global press freedom falls to lowest level in decade, survey finds

BY Talia Mindich  May 1, 2014 at 4:32 PM EDT

Global press freedom slipped to its lowest level in a decade in 2013, a major new study finds.

Fourteen percent of the world’s population is living under a free press, according the latest edition of American NGO Freedom House’s survey.

The decline, says the study, is driven by regression in several Middle Eastern countries like Egypt and Libya. Recent events in Ukraine and Turkey, which leads the world in jailing journalists, have also contributed.