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| April 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

DIPLOMAT_4-4-2015_0071Press freedom worldwide has seen some significant declines in the past year. While there were some good news stories — take a bow, Scandinavia — two thirds of those examined  slipped in their rankings from the previous year. Criteria for the rankings include media pluralism, respect for journalists and positive environments within which they operate.
RANK/COUNTRY/Diff. 2014
1    Finland    0
2    Norway    +1

#3 Denmark Denmark illustrates how per capita GDP correlates positively with media freedom (a correlation coefficient of 0.41). Denmark is among the 20 countries with the highest per capita GDP in the world and is ranked 3rd in the 2015 Press Freedom Index.

#3 Denmark
Denmark illustrates how per capita GDP correlates positively with media freedom (a correlation coefficient of 0.41). Denmark is among the 20 countries with the highest per capita GDP in the world and is ranked 3rd in the 2015 Press Freedom Index.

3    Denmark    +4
4    Netherlands    -2
5    Sweden    +5
6    New Zealand    +3
7    Austria    +5
8    Canada    +10
9    Jamaica    +8
10    Estonia    +1
11    Ireland    +5
12    Germany    +2
13    Czech Republic    0
14    Slovakia    +6
15    Belgium    +8
16    Costa Rica    +5
17    Namibia    +5
18    Poland    +1
19    Luxembourg    -15

#6 New Zealand New Zealand, whose newspaper, The New Zealand Herald, is pictured here, is an example of a country renowned for its economic stability. It's also a country that guarantees media freedom “in a durable manner,” according to the 2015 Press Freedom Index.

#6 New Zealand
New Zealand, whose newspaper, The New Zealand Herald, is pictured here, is an example of a country renowned for its economic stability. It’s also a country that guarantees media freedom “in a durable manner,” according to the 2015 Press Freedom Index.

20    Switzerland    -5
21    Iceland    -13
22    Ghana    +5
23    Uruguay    +3
24    Cyprus    +1
25    Australia    +3
26    Portugal    +4
27    Liechtenstein    -21
28    Latvia    +9
29    Suriname    +2
30    Belize    -1
31    Lithuania    +1
32    Andorra    -27
33    Spain    +2
34    United Kingdom    -1
35    Slovenia    -1
36    Cape Verde    -12
37    Eastern Caribbean    -1
38    France    +1
39    South Africa    +3

#54 Mongolia Mongolia rose 34 places, the index's biggest jump. It had few violations in 2014, while the benefits of legislation on access to information began to be seen. Problems remain, however, including on the legislative front, but there has been clear improvement.

#54 Mongolia
Mongolia rose 34 places, the index’s biggest jump. It had few violations in 2014, while the benefits of legislation on access to information began to be seen. Problems remain, however, including on the legislative front, but there has been clear improvement.

40    Samoa    0
41    Trinidad and Tobago    +2
42    Botswana    -1
43    Chile    +15
44    Tonga    +19
45    El Salvador    -7
46    Burkina Faso    +6
47    Niger    +1
48    Malta    +3
49    United States    -3
50    Comoros    +3
51    Taiwan    -1
52    Romania    -7
53    Haiti    -6
54    Mongolia    +34
55    Mauritania    +5

#64 Madagascar The long-running political crisis in Madagascar came to an end when Hery Rajaonarimampianina, pictured here, was elected president in 2014. This democratic transition boosted the country's rating by 17 places. Some subjects, however, remain taboo for journalists.

#64 Madagascar
The long-running political crisis in Madagascar came to an end when Hery Rajaonarimampianina, pictured here, was elected president in 2014. This democratic transition boosted the country’s rating by 17 places. Some subjects, however, remain taboo for journalists.

56    Papua New Guinea    -12
57    Argentina    -2
58    Croatia    +7
59    Malawi    +14
60    Republic of Korea    -3
61    Japan    -2
62    Guyana    +5
63    Dominican Republic    +5
64    Madagascar    +17
65    Hungary    -1
66    Bosnia and Herzegovina    0
67    Serbia    -13
68    Mauritius    +2
69    Georgia    +15
70    Hong Kong    -9
71    Senegal    -9
72    Republic of Moldova    -16
73    Italy    -24
74    Nicaragua    -3
75    United Republic Of Tanzania    -6

#125 South Sudan South Sudan is gripped by civil war and the radical polarization and constant harassment of news organizations caused it to drop by six places on the 2015 Press Freedom Index. These disturbing developments come on the third anniversary of the country's birth.

#125 South Sudan
South Sudan is gripped by civil war and the radical polarization and constant harassment of news organizations caused it to drop by six places on the 2015 Press Freedom Index. These disturbing developments come on the third anniversary of the country’s birth.

76    Cyprus North    +7
77    Lesotho    -3
78    Armenia    0
79    Sierra Leone    -7
80    Togo    -4
81    Guinea-Bissau    +5
82    Albania    +3
83    Panama    +4
84    Benin    -9
85    Mozambique    -6
86    Côte d’Ivoire    +15
87    Kosovo    -7
88    Kyrgyzstan    +9
89    Liberia    0
90    Kuwait    +1
91    Greece    +8
92    Peru    +12
93    Fiji    +14
94    Bolivia    0

#148 Mexico Mexico pulled itself up four places on the 2015 Press Freedom Index. However, in November, which is not included in the index research, journalists were attacked during demonstrations about the disappearance of 43 trainee teachers in Guerrero.

#148 Mexico
Mexico pulled itself up four places on the 2015 Press Freedom Index. However, in November, which is not included in the index research, journalists were attacked during demonstrations about the disappearance of 43 trainee teachers in Guerrero.

95    Gabon    +3
96    Seychelles    +7
97    Uganda    +13
98    Lebanon    +8
99    Brazil    +12
100    Kenya    -10
101    Israel    -5
102    Guinea    0
103    Timor-Leste    -26
104    Bhutan    -12
105    Nepal    +15
106    Bulgaria    -6
107    Republic of the Congo    -25
108    Ecuador    -13
109    Paraguay    -4
110    Central African    -1
111    Nigeria    +1
112    Maldives    -4
113    Zambia    -20
114    Montenegro    0
115    Qatar    -2
116    Tajikistan    -1
117    Macedonia    +6
118    Mali    +4
119    Algeria    +2
120    United Arab Emirates    -2
121    Brunei Darussalam    -4
122    Afghanistan    +6
123    Angola    +1
124    Guatemala    +1
125    South Sudan    -6
126    Tunisia    +7
127    Oman    +7
128    Colombia    -2
129    Ukraine    -2
130    Morocco    +6
131    Zimbabwe    +4
132    Honduras    -3
133    Cameroon    -2
134    Thailand    -4
135    Chad    +4
136    India    +4
137    Venezuela    -21
138    Indonesia    -6
139    Cambodia    +5
140    Palestine    -2
141    Philippines    +8
142    Ethiopia    +1
143    Jordan    -2
144    Myanmar    +1
145    Burundi    -3
146    Bangladesh    0
147    Malaysia    0
148    Mexico    +4
149    Turkey    +5
150    Democratic Republic Of The Congo    +1
151    Gambia    +4
152    Russian Federation    -4
153    Singapore    -3
154    Libya    -17
155    Swaziland    +1
156    Iraq    -3
157    Belarus    0
158    Egypt    +1
159    Pakistan    -1
160    Kazakhstan    +1
161    Rwanda    +1
162    Azerbaijan    -2
163    Bahrain    0
164    Saudi Arabia    0
165    Sri Lanka    0
166    Uzbekistan    0
167    Equatorial Guinea    +1
168    Yemen    -1
169    Cuba    +1
170    Djibouti    -1
171    Lao People’s Democratic Republic    0
172    Somalia    +4
173    Islamic Republic of Iran    0
174    Sudan    -2
175    Vietnam    -1
176    China    -1
177    Syrian Arab Republic    0
178    Turkmenistan    0
179    Democratic People’s Republic of Korea    0
180    Eritrea    0

Excerpted with permission from Reporters Without Borders’ 2015 World Press Freedom Index. Visit http://en.rsf.org/ to read more Reporters Without Borders’ index analyses.

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