Press freedom ‘underwent clear decline’ worldwide in 2007.

According to a new Freedom House survey, “[g]lobal press freedom underwent a clear decline in 2007, with journalists struggling to work in increasingly hostile environments in almost every region in the world.” The decline “occurred in authoritarian countries and established democracies alike” and “continues a six-year negative trend.” The survey “indicated that setbacks in press freedom outnumbered advances two to one globally,” but “there was some improvement in the region with the least amount of press freedom: the Middle East and North Africa.”