7.1: Press Freedom in the United States and the World

Journalists and citizens have faced restrictions on the Freedom of the Press throughout United States history. Freedom of the Press is considered one of the most important American rights. Yet according to the World Press Freedom Index, the United States ranks 45th among 180 countries in terms of press freedom.

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Explore the interactive "Press Freedoms Around the World" lesson by Checkology (News Literacy Project) to learn more about the freedom of the press on a global scale.

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In this activity, you will act as an expert advisor tasked with helping the U.S. improve its World Press Freedom Index ranking. 

Activity: Improve the United State's World Press Freedom Ranking

Additional Resources:  

Connecting to the eBook

Building Democracy for All: Notable Freedom of the Press Court Cases

Connecting to the Standards