"only 15% of the world's population live in countries that enjoy a free press"I'm don't know what the research is behind this figure, but it is a sobering one. One could debate endlessly exactly what is meant by a free press. (How free is a press owned and controlled by a very few powerful individuals or conglomerates?) But I think I have to acknowledge I live in a country where the press is not owned and controlled by the government or generally subject to government censorship. So I am one of the blessed 15%. Access to a free press is a blessing. It is one means by which governments and powerful institutions can be called to account and people informed about what is going on in the world.
The 'Count Your Blessings' Lent programme suggests I donate 10p for every newspaper I have chosen to read this week. I've only read 2 so that's 20p. But am I cheating? I read a lot of newspaper articles on-line (for free) during the week - how do I calculate that?