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Press freedom in PHL partly free — world index

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THE PHILIPPINES was rated partly free, as was press freedom in the country, in a global environment marked by democracy in crisis, according to the 2018 world freedom index released by Freedom House.

Findings by the independent watchdog organization have concluded that “Democracy faced its most serious crisis in decades in 2017 as its basic tenets — including guarantees of free and fair elections, the rights of minorities, freedom of the press, and the rule of law — came under attack around the world.”

“The United States retreated from its traditional role as both a champion and an exemplar of democracy amid an accelerating decline in American political rights and civil liberties,” Freedom House also noted, adding that 71 countries “suffered net declines in political rights and civil liberties, with only 35 registering gains. This marked the 12th consecutive year of decline in global freedom.”

A full report has yet to be released on the Philippines, but in a score range of 1 (most free) to 7 (least free), the country scored 3/7 in terms of freedom, political rights, and civil liberties.

The Philippines’ aggregate score was 62/100, with zero being the least free and 100, the most free.

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The country’s net freedom status was categorized as “free,” but its press freedom status was deemed “partly free.”

Forty-five percent (45%) of the world’s nations were rated free, 30% partly free, and 25% not free. Thirty-nine percent (39%) of the world’s population were deemed free, 24% partly free, and 37% not free.

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