International press freedom has hit a 12-year low point, a decline due in part to European countries pursuing security measures to thwart terrorism, newly released data from the nonpartisan organization Freedom House reveals.
The findings were made public Wednesday at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. as the watchdog group released its annual Freedom of the Press report.
“Global press freedom declined to its lowest point in 12 years in 2015, as political, criminal and terrorist forces sought to co-opt or silence the media in their broader struggle for power,” Freedom of the Press research director Jennifer Dunham wrote.
“Syria remained by far the deadliest place in the world for journalists in 2015,” the report stated. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 72 members of the press were killed on the job last year, 14 in Syria.