The UK has established one of the worst environments for press freedom in Western Europe, a new study has found, putting Britain behind countries like Uruguay, Samoa, and Chile on a global scale.
According to the study, conducted by Reporters Without Borders, a campaign group that aims to protect journalistic freedoms, the UK ranks 40th out of 180 countries on the annual World Press Freedom Index.
This leaves the country ranked between Trinidad & Tobago and Burkina Faso.
The government of Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposals to introduce tougher press regulations and its campaign to limit encryption on social networking services such as WhatsApp were among the main reasons cited by the activist group.
The study also takes a jab at both the ruling Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party for denying journalists adequate access to politicians during last year’s snap general election, denouncing it as evidence of a…