THE World Press Freedom index has listed Spain above the UK.
Out of 180 countries, Spain was ranked 34th and the UK 38th.
This is despite the fact that Spain remains behind the UK in freedom of information legislation.
In 2014 a new ‘transparency law’ took effect that does not treat access to information as a fundamental right.
It has already seen journalists fined for photographing police or residents accosted for criticising them on twitter.
The index also noted that journalism in the country has suffered since the recession, with 354 media outlets closing and more than 11,000 journalists losing their job.
The UK has dropped four places due to the government’s national security legislation.
The index cited the 2006 Terrorism Act, which they say restricts freedom of expression, while the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, they say, allows authorities to obtain phone records of journalists in case of threats to national security.
First on the list was Finland followed by the Netherlands and Norway, while the bottom three featured Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea.
See the full list here: http://rsf.org/en/ranking