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Freedom of the Press 2008 - Country Rankings
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Countries are given a total score from 0 (best) to 100 (worst) on the basis of a set of 23 methodology questions divided into three subcategories. Assigning numerical points allows for comparative analysis among the countries surveyed and facilitates an examination of trends over time. The degree to which each country permits the free flow of news and information determines the classification of its media as “Free,” “Partly Free,” or “Not Free.” Countries scoring 0 to 30 are regarded as having “Free” media; 31 to 60, “Partly Free” media; and 61 to 100, “Not Free” media.

Rank CountryRating
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1 Finland9
Iceland9
2 Denmark10
Norway10
3 Belgium11
Sweden11
4 Luxembourg12
5 Andorra13
Netherlands13
New Zealand13
Switzerland13
6 Liechtenstein14
Palau14
7 Ireland15
Jamaica15
8 Estonia16
Germany16
Monaco16
Portugal16
Saint Lucia16
9 Marshall Islands17
San Marino17
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines17
United States17
10 Canada18
Czech Republic18
Lithuania18
United Kingdom18
11 Barbados19
Costa Rica19
Saint Kitts and Nevis19
12 Bahamas20
Malta20
Taiwan20
13 Australia21
Austria21
Hungary21
Japan21
Micronesia21
14 Belize22
Cyprus22
Donimica22
France22
Latvia22
Slovakia22
15 Slovenia23
Spain23
Suriname23
Trinidat and Tobago23
Vanuatu23
16 Grenada24
Poland24
17 Kiribati26
Mauritius26
Tuvalu26
18 Ghana27
Greece27
Mali27
19 Cape Verde28
Israel28
Nauru28
Papua New Guinea28
Sao Tome and Principe28
South Africa28
20 Italy29
Samoa29
21 Chile30
Hong Kong30
Namibia30
Solomon Islands30
South Korea30
Uruguay30
22 Benin31
Guyana31
Tonga31
23 Bulgaria33
24 India35
25 Botswana36
Croatia36
26 Fiji37
27 East Timor38
Mongolia38
Montenegro38
28 Antigua and Barbuda39
Bolivia39
Dominican Republic39
Serbia39
29 Mozambique40
30 Burkina Faso41
Ecuador41
31 Brazil42
El Salvador42
32 Nicaragua43
33 Panama44
Peru44
Romania44
34 Bosnia and Herzegovina45
Philippines45
35 Lesotho46
36 Argentina47
FYROM47
37 Madagascar48
Tanzania48
38 Senegal49
39 Albania50
40 Republic of the Congo51
Honduras51
Mexico51
Turkey51
41 Guynea-Bissau53
Nigeria53
Uganda53
Ukraine53
42 Comoros54
Indonesia54
Kuwait54
43 Lebanon55
Malawi55
44 Haiti56
45 Nepal57
46 Guatemala58
47 Colombia59
Egypt59
Seychelles59
Sierra Leone59
48 Cambodia60
Georgia60
Kenya60
Paraguay60
49 Bhutan61
Central African Republic61
50 Algeria62
51 Angola63
Jordan63
Niger63
52 Morocco64
Qatar64
Zambia64
53 Cameroon65
Liberia65
Malaysia65
54 Armenia66
Cote d'Ivoire66
Guynea66
Maldives66
Moldova66
Pakistan66
55 Sri Lanka67
56 Bangladesh68
United Arab Emirates68
57 Gabon69
Iraq69
Singapore69
58 Kyrgyzstan70
59 Afghanistan71
Bahrain71
Oman71
60 Djibouti72
61 Brundi74
Chad74
Togo74
Venezuela74
62 Brunei75
63 Ethiopia76
Swaziland76
64 Azerbaijan77
Tajikistan77
65 Kazakhstan78
Russia78
Sudan78
Yemen78
66 The Gambia79
67 Democratic Republic of the Congo81
Saudi Arabia81
Tunisia81
68 Vietnam82
69 Laos83
Syria83
70 China84
Palestinian Authority territories84
Rwanda84
Somalia84
71 Iran85
72 Equatorial Guinea89
Zimbabwe89
73 Belarus91
74 Uzbekistan92
75 Cuba94
Eritrea94
Libya94
76 Turkmenistan96
77 Burma (Myanmar)97
78 North Korea99


Examination of the level of press freedom in each country currently comprises 23 methodology questions divided into three broad categories: the legal environment, the political environment, and the economic environment. For each methodology question, a lower number of points is allotted for a more free situation, while a higher number of points is allotted for a less free environment. Each country is rated in these three categories, with the higher numbers indicating less freedom. A country’s final score is based on the total of the three categories: A score of 0 to 30 places the country in the Free press group; 31 to 60 in the Partly Free press group; and 61 to 100 in the Not Free press group.

Press Freedom Map 2008

NOTE: The information regarding freedom of the press on this page is re-published from Freecom House. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of press freedom information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about freedom of the press 2008 should be addressed to Freedom House.



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