World Free Press Index 2014
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12-02-2014, 07:53 PM
World Free Press Index 2014
Reporters without Borders have released their Press index which lists 180 countries by their freedom of press qualifications.

Following the reveiling of the NSA spying program Prysm and various other similar programms in countries such as Australia and the UK, in combination with arrests of journlists that resulted out of those revalations, aswell as the seizing of the Assosiated Press phone records by the US government, the harassment of the Guardian paper by the UK government and other such actions these countries have fallen in the World free press index. The US even fell 13 places and is now at number 46. The UK fell to number 33 and has the least free press in western Europe. These 3 countries represent the most significant changes in the listing.

The top ten are mostly in Europe, with most of them being small nations such as Andorra, Luxenburg and Lichtenstein and and most notebly all Scandinavian countries with Finland being number 1 and thereby having the most free press in the world. The only non-European country in the top 10 is New Zealand which has the 9th freest press in the world.

In the last 10 places you have your usual suspects such as Iran, China, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Sudan. Concerning the last 3 countries on the list North Korea, Turkmenistan and Eritrea the world free press index states that free press is even non-existant in those countries.

The indext also shows that the free press situation in Russia and Turkey has become worse and that there is an improvement in free press in various African Nations. The free press situation in central America and in the Northern parts of South America such as countries like Venezuela has also been getting worse. In the Arab world the only country in which the situation has somewhat improved after the Arab spring is Tunisia, in Egypt and Yemen the situation is actualy getting worse.

Generaly speaking, the free press situation got worse over the last year.

Here is a map with an overview:

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13-02-2014, 12:07 AM
RE: World Free Press Index 2014
The legend is very hard to read, or maybe it's just my computer and partial color blindness. I think this is what it says?

white = good
yellow = satisfactory
orange = problems
red = difficult
black = serious

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