The Expression Agenda Report 2016-2017

The Freedom of Expression metric

Our new Expression Agenda (XpA) metric gives a comprehensive picture of the state of freedom of expression and information internationally in 2016. Using V-Dem’s multi-dimensional dataset, the metric examines 350 aspects of democracy in 172 countries to provide an analysis that captures the challenges and complexity of the freedom expression across the world.

By examining freedom of expression through this holistic approach, we can achieve a far deeper understanding of the benefits, risks and global trends that impact on the ability of everyone to raise their voice and be heard, regardless of sex, gender, ethnicity, race or religion.

Global trends from our metric show that media freedom is at its lowest level in ten years. Turkey, Brazil, Bangladesh, Burundi and Macedonia are experiencing significant decline in free speech over the past years while Tunisia, Kyrgyzstan, Romania and Sri Lanka all evidence progress.

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The Expression Agenda Report 2016-2017

The Expression Agenda Report 2016-2017

The Expression Agenda is our global human rights strategy. Through it, we target the best means of protecting rights and freedoms on the ground, while enhancing international instruments that protect freedom of expression and the right to information around the world.

Our annual report on the state of freedom of expression tracks global trends across major issues of freedom of expression and information, and how they are experienced in various countries.

Read the XpA report Read the press release

Country profiles


Kenya   Brazil   Malaysia   Iran   Turkey   Tunisia

Launching our Expression Agenda 2017

We launched our Freedom of Expression Agenda in London on 30. November 2017. To mark our new global metric on the state of freedom of expression around the world we hosted a number of panel discussions on defining issues such as protection of journalists, internet governance and human rights, and access to information for marginalised communities.

The Expression Agenda Report 2016-2017

Katharine Viner on media freedom around the world

Digital rights and diverse communities in the Middle East and North Africa

30 years of protecting freedom of expression

Elif Shafak on media freedom and freedom of expression