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The big picture: Press freedom in the U.S.

The U.S. ranks 45th out of 180 countries on the World Press Freedom Index, according to a Reporters without Borders study.

Data: Reporters without Borders; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Why it matters: Press freedom experts cite President Trump's actions and threats — such as calling them "fake news" or an "enemy of the people, and witholding information like his tax returns — as contributing factors in the decline of press freedoms in the U.S. over the past two years.