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Global Freedom Movement

  • Countries which pride themselves on free speech slide down international league table
  • Britain slides from 19th to 28th place on back of phone hacking, Leveson Inquiry and ‘libel tourists’
  • America falls from 20th to 47th after heavy-handed approach to Occupy demonstrators
  • Mixed fortunes for Arab Spring countries with Tunisia and Libya rising up the ranks
  • But Syria, Bahrain and Yemen fall as dictators use suppression to cling to power

Britain and the United States have dropped down a league table which rates the freedom of the press across the world, it emerged today.

The UK’s slide from 19th to 28th place is partly blamed on fallout from the phone hacking scandal at the News Of The World which prompted the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics.

Researchers from watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RWB), who compiled the World Press Freedom Index, also highlighted liberal libel laws which allow claimants of any nationality…

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