Posted by: Tony Carson | 21 October, 2007

Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2007

The Reporters Without Borders Annual Worldwide Press Freedom Index – 2007

Outside Europe – in which the top 14 countries are located – no region of the world has been spared censorship or violence towards journalists.

Of the 20 countries at the bottom of the index, seven are Asian (Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Laos, Vietnam, China, Burma, and North Korea), five are African (Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Somalia and Eritrea), four are in the Middle East (Syria, Iraq, Palestinian Territories and Iran), three are former Soviet republics (Belarus, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan) and one is in the Americas (Cuba).

There were slightly fewer press freedom violations in the United States (48th) and blogger Josh Wolf was freed after 224 days in prison. But the detention of Al-Jazeera’s Sudanese cameraman, Sami Al-Haj, since 13 June 2002 at the military base of Guantanamo and the murder of Chauncey Bailey in Oakland in August mean the United States is still unable to join the lead group.

Rank Country Note

1 Iceland 0,75
– Norway 0,75
3 Estonia 1,00
– Slovakia 1,00
5 Belgium 1,50

– Finland 1,50
– Sweden 1,50
8 Denmark 2,00
– Ireland 2,00
– Portugal 2,00

11 Switzerland 3,00
12 Latvia 3,50
– Netherlands 3,50
14 Czech Republic 4,00

15 New Zealand 4,17
16 Austria 4,25
17 Hungary 4,50
18 Canada 4,88
19 Trinidad and Tobago 5,00

20 Germany 5,75
21 Costa Rica 6,50
– Slovenia 6,50
23 Lithuania 7,00
24 United Kingdom 8,25

25 Mauritius 8,50
– Namibia 8,50
27 Jamaica 8,63
28 Australia 8,79
29 Ghana 9,00

30 Greece 9,25
31 France 9,75
32 Taiwan 10,00
33 Spain 10,25
34 Bosnia and Herzegovina 11,17

35 Italy 11,25
36 Macedonia 11,50
37 Japan 11,75
– Uruguay 11,75
39 Chile 12,13

– South Korea 12,13
41 Croatia 12,50
42 Romania 12,75
43 South Africa 13,00
44 Israel (Israeli territory) 13,25

45 Cape Verde 14,00
– Cyprus 14,00
47 Nicaragua 14,25
48 United States of America 14,50
49 Togo 15,17
50 Mauritania 15,50

The complete list is here.

     

How the index was compiled

Questionnaire for compiling a 2007 world press freedom index

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