Janis Kreslins holding up a 1766 copy of the Freedom of the Press Act.

Janis Kreslins holds up a copy of the 1766 Freedom of the Press Act at the National Library in Stockholm. Credit: Joshua Worth/Sveriges Radio

UNESCO

  • Sweden’s 1766 Freedom of the Press Act has been awarded UNESCO Memory of the World status.

  • Janis Kreslins, a senior academic librarian at Sweden’s National Library, says the more than 250-year-old document represents a key part of Swedish national identity.

  • Sweden performed worse this year in the press freedom index published by Reporters Without Borders. Erik Larsson is president of the organisation’s Swedish branch, and says journalists here are facing a number of challenges.

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