“We see declines in media freedom on a global level, driven by governments’ efforts to control the message and punish the messenger,” said Karin Karlekar, project director of the report. “In every region of the world last year, we found both governments and private actors attacking reporters, blocking their physical access to newsworthy events, censoring content, and ordering politically motivated firings of journalists.”Overall, the report concurs with the Reporters Without Borders recently released World Press Freedom Index 2014 report. Levels of press freedom are declining in many cases, due to spreading conflict and "a tendency to interpret national security needs in an overly broad and abusive manner to the detriment of the right to inform and be informed."
It's been a tough few years for the press.
Sources - "Freedom House report cites lowest global press freedom in a decade," Poynter.org
Freedom of the Press 2014 report, Freedom House
World Press Freedom Index 2014 report, Reporters Without Borders
edited to add Freedom House 2014 map, and reposition other graphic (2 May, 11:30 a.m. EDT)