It performed poorly compared to previous years and ranked 28th in the annual press freedom survey in the Netherlands. The country was ranked 2nd in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
The Netherlands has dropped one place each year since 2018, according to a report by Reporters Without Borders RSF. While finishing last year in 6th place, the Netherlands dropped 22 places this year and is in 28th place. Journalists in the Netherlands were physically attacked several times in the past year.
Although this dramatic decline came as a shock in the Netherlands, it did not come as a surprise. Ruth Kronenburg of Free Press Unlimited said that this has never happened before and that the Netherlands has always been at the forefront of press freedom. Kronenburg emphasized that decisive steps should be taken in order to continue this.
In the ranking calculated out of 100, the Netherlands took place between Slovakia and Argentina with 77.93 points. Norway’s top spot was 92.65, followed by Denmark and Sweden, the two Scandinavian countries.
A total of 180 countries were included in the list. Iran (23.22), Eritrea (19.62) and North Korea (13.92) made the last three of the rankings. Turkey took the 149th place with 41.25 points.