Denmark no. 3 in World Press Freedom Index 2015

Denmark is number three in the World Press Freedom Index 2015, up four places from last year.

Denmark takes the 3rd place in the World Press Freedom Index 2015 up from the 7th place in 2014, only surpassed by Finland (1st) and Norway (2nd).

The World Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria that include media pluralism and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists, and the legislative, institutional and infrastructural environment in which the media operate.

The seven criteria categories are:

  • Pluralism: measures the degree to which opinions are represented in the media.
  • Media independence: measures the degree to which the media are able to function independently of sources of political, governmental, business and religious power and influence.
  • Environment and self-censorship: analyses the environment in which journalists and other news and information providers operate.
  • Legislative framework: analyses the impact of the legislative framework governing news and information activities.
  • Transparency: Measures the transparency of the institutions and procedures that affect the production of news and information.
  • Infrastructure: Measures the quality of the infrastructure that supports the production of news and information.
  • Abuses: Measures the level of violence and harassment during the period assessed.