Reporters Without Borders is publishing for the first time an annual global “indicator” of worldwide media freedom. According to the report, it coincides with the release of its 2013 Press Freedom Index which is “a new analytic tool measures the overall level of freedom of information in the world and the performance of the world’s governments in their entirety as regards this key freedom.” The new “indicator” it’s meant to better show the attitudes and intentions of governments towards media freedom in the medium and long-term. This means that countries are no longer ranked according to dramatic political developments.
“The Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders does not take direct account of the kind of political system but it is clear that democracies provide better protection for the freedom to produce and circulate accurate news and information than countries where human rights are flouted,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “In dictatorships, news providers and their families are exposed to ruthless reprisals, while in democracies news providers have to cope with the media’s economic crises and conflicts of interest. While their situation is not always comparable, we should pay tribute to all those who resist pressure whether it is aggressively focused or diffuse.” – report states.
Finland gets the crown for the country that most respects media freedom. The Netherlands and Norway follow closely. Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea occupy the last three positions.
For e detailed report see: 2013 World Press Freedom Index