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This week marked World Press Freedom Day, a chance to reflect on the barriers to a free press around the world.

Seven out of ten countries have some degree of bad press freedom, according to the latest World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters San Frontiers (Reporters Without Borders).

In this week's episode of the podcast, UK bureau director Fiona O'Brien discusses the topline takeaways of the index and zones in on the situation in the UK.

The UK drops two places due to the continued use of the legal system to silence investigative journalism and the persistent abuse and harassment of journalists, particularly women. Both are issues the UK Government has pledged to combat but as yet still has unfulfilled promises, not least because of constant leadrship changes.

The UK is, however, still in a more privileged position than most countries and that news organisations can affect change. Tune in to find out how.

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