FREEDOM OF THE PRESS 2008

Table of Global Press Freedom Rankings
Rank 2008 1 3 5 7 8 Country Finland Iceland Denmark Norway Belgium Sweden Luxembourg Andorra Netherlands New Zealand Switzerland 12 14 16 Liechtenstein Palau Ireland Jamaica Estonia Germany Monaco Portugal St. Lucia 21 Marshall Islands San Marino St. Vincent & Grenadines United States 25 Canada Czech Republic Lithuania United Kingdom 29 Barbados Costa Rica St. Kitts & Nevis Rating 9 9 10 10 11 11 12 13 13 13 13 14 14 15 15 16 16 16 16 16 17 17 17 17 18 18 18 18 19 19 19 Status Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free

Rank 2008 32

Country Bahamas Malta Taiwan

Rating 20 20 20 21 21 21 21 21 22 22 22 22 22 22 23 23 23 23 23 24 24 26 26 26 27 27 27 28 28 28 28 28 28 29 29

Status Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free

35

Australia Austria Hungary Japan Micronesia

40

Belize Cyprus Dominica France Latvia Slovakia

46

Slovenia Spain Suriname Trinidad & Tobago Vanuatu

51 53

Grenada Poland Kiribati Mauritius Tuvalu

56

Ghana Greece Mali

59

Cape Verde Israel Nauru Papua New Guinea Sao Tome & Principe South Africa

65

Italy Samoa

Rank 2008 67

Country Chile Hong Kong Namibia Solomon Islands South Korea Uruguay

Rating 30 30 30 30 30 30 31 31 31 33 35 36 36 37 38 38 38 39 39 39 39 40 41 41 42 42 43 44 44 44 45 45 46 47 47

Status Free Free Free Free Free Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free

73

Benin Guyana Tonga

76 77 78 80 81

Bulgaria India Botswana Croatia Fiji East Timor Mongolia Montenegro

84

Antigua & Barbuda Bolivia Dominican Republic Serbia

88 89 91 93 94

Mozambique Burkina Faso Ecuador Brazil El Salvador Nicaragua Panama Peru Romania

97 99 100

Bosnia Philippines Lesotho Argentina Macedonia

Rank 2008 102 104 105 106

Country Madagascar Tanzania Senegal Albania Congo-Brazzaville Honduras Mexico Turkey

Rating 48 48 49 50 51 51 51 51 53 53 53 53 54 54 54 55 55 56 56 56 57 58 59 59 59 59 60 60 60 60 61 61 62 63 63

Status Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free

110

Guinea-Bissau Nigeria Uganda Ukraine

114

Comoros Indonesia Kuwait

117 119

Lebanon Malawi Haiti Mauritania Thailand

122 123 124

Nepal Guatemala Colombia Egypt Seychelles Sierra Leone

128

Cambodia Georgia Kenya Paraguay

132 134 135

Bhutan Central African Republic Algeria Angola Jordan

Rank 2008 135 (cont.) 138

Country Niger Morocco Qatar Zambia

Rating 63 64 64 64 65 65 65 66 66 66 66 66 66 67 68 68 69 69 69 70 71 71 71 72 74 74 74 74 75 76 76 77 77 78 78

Status Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free

141

Cameroon Liberia Malaysia

144

Armenia Cote d'Ivoire Guinea Maldives Moldova Pakistan

150 151 153

Sri Lanka Bangladesh United Arab Emirates Gabon Iraq Singapore

156 157

Kyrgyzstan Afghanistan Bahrain Oman

160 161

Djibouti Burundi Chad Togo Venezuela

165 166 168 170

Brunei Ethiopia Swaziland Azerbaijan Tajikistan Kazakhstan Russia

Rank 2008 170 (cont.) 174 175

Country Sudan Yemen The Gambia Congo-Kinshasa Saudi Arabia Tunisia

Rating 78 78 79 81 81 81 82 83 83 84 84 84 84 85 89 89 91 92 94 94 94 96 97 98

Status Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Percentage of total 37% 30% 33% 100%

178 179 181

Vietnam Laos Syria China Israeli Occupied Territories/ Palestinian Authority Rwanda Somalia

185 186 188 189 190

Iran Equatorial Guinea Zimbabwe Belarus Uzbekistan Cuba Eritrea Libya

193 194 195 Status Free Partly Free Not Free

Turkmenistan Burma North Korea Number of countries 72 59 64 195

TOTAL

FREEDOM OF THE PRESS 2008
Press Freedom Rankings by Region

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
Rank 2008 1 2 4 Country Mauritius Ghana Mali Cape Verde Sao Tome & Principe South Africa 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 15 16 17 Namibia Benin Botswana Mozambique Burkina Faso Lesotho Madagascar Tanzania Senegal Congo-Brazzaville Guinea-Bissau Nigeria Uganda 20 21 22 23 25 26 Comoros Malawi Mauritania Seychelles Sierra Leone Kenya Central African Republic Rating 26 27 27 28 28 28 30 31 36 40 41 46 48 48 49 51 53 53 53 54 55 56 59 59 60 61 Status Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Not Free

Rank 2008 27 29 30 32 34 35 36

Country Angola Niger Zambia Cameroon Liberia Cote d'Ivoire Guinea Gabon Djibouti Burundi Chad Togo

Rating 63 63 64 65 65 66 66 69 72 74 74 74 76 76 78 79 81 84 84 89 89 94

Status Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free

39 41 42 43 44 46 48

Ethiopia Swaziland Sudan The Gambia Congo-Kinshasa Rwanda Somalia Equatorial Guinea Zimbabwe Eritrea

Status Free Partly Free Not Free

Number of countries 7 18 23 48

Percentage of total 15% 37% 48% 100%

TOTAL

AMERICAS
Rank 2008 1 2 3 5 6 Country Jamaica St. Lucia St. Vincent & Grenadines United States Canada Barbados Costa Rica St. Kitts & Nevis 9 10 12 14 15 17 18 Bahamas Belize Dominica Suriname Trinidad & Tobago Grenada Chile Uruguay Guyana Antigua & Barbuda Bolivia Dominican Republic 21 22 24 25 27 28 30 31 32 Ecuador Brazil El Salvador Nicaragua Panama Peru Argentina Honduras Mexico Haiti Guatemala Colombia Rating 15 16 17 17 18 19 19 19 20 22 22 23 23 24 30 30 31 39 39 39 41 42 42 43 44 44 47 51 51 56 58 59 Status Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free

Rank 2008 33 34 35

Country Paraguay Venezuela Cuba

Rating 60 74 94

Status Partly Free Not Free Not Free

Status Free Partly Free Not Free

Number of countries 16 17 2 35

Percentage of total 46% 48% 6% 100%

TOTAL

ASIA-PACIFIC
Rank 2008 1 2 3 4 5 Country New Zealand Palau Marshall Islands Taiwan Australia Japan Micronesia 8 9 11 13 14 Vanuatu Kiribati Tuvalu Nauru Papua New Guinea Samoa Hong Kong Solomon Islands South Korea 17 18 19 20 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 Tonga India Fiji East Timor Mongolia Philippines Indonesia Thailand Nepal Cambodia Bhutan Malaysia Maldives Pakistan Sri Lanka Rating 13 14 17 20 21 21 21 23 26 26 28 28 29 30 30 30 31 35 37 38 38 45 54 56 57 60 61 65 66 66 67 Status Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free

Rank 2008 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40

Country Bangladesh Singapore Afghanistan Brunei Vietnam Laos China Burma North Korea

Rating 68 69 71 75 82 83 84 97 98

Status Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free

Status Free Partly Free Not Free

Number of countries 16 10 14 40

Percentage of total 40% 25% 35% 100%

TOTAL

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA
Rank 2008 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 13 14 16 17 18 19 Country Israel Kuwait Lebanon Egypt Algeria Jordan Morocco Qatar United Arab Emirates Iraq Bahrain Oman Yemen Saudi Arabia Tunisia Syria Israeli Occupied Territories / Palestinian Authority Iran Libya Rating 28 54 55 59 62 63 64 64 68 69 71 71 78 81 81 83 84 85 94 Status Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free

Status Free Partly Free Not Free

Number of countries 1 3 15 19

Percentage of total 5% 16% 79% 100%

TOTAL

WESTERN EUROPE
Rank 2008 1 3 5 7 8 Country Finland Iceland Denmark Norway Belgium Sweden Luxembourg Andorra Netherlands Switzerland 11 12 13 Liechtenstein Ireland Germany Monaco Portugal 16 17 18 19 20 22 23 24 25 Status Free Partly Free Not Free San Marino United Kingdom Malta Austria Cyprus France Spain Greece Italy Turkey Number of countries 24 1 0 25 Rating 9 9 10 10 11 11 12 13 13 13 14 15 16 16 16 17 18 20 21 22 22 23 27 29 51 Status Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Partly Free Percentage of total 96% 4% 0% 100%

TOTAL

CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE/FORMER SOVIET UNION
Rank 2008 1 2 4 5 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 21 22 24 26 27 28 Country Estonia Czech Rep. Lithuania Hungary Latvia Slovakia Slovenia Poland Bulgaria Croatia Montenegro Serbia Romania Bosnia Macedonia Albania Ukraine Georgia Armenia Moldova Kyrgyzstan Azerbaijan Tajikistan Kazakhstan Russia Belarus Uzbekistan Turkmenistan Rating 16 18 18 21 22 22 23 24 33 36 38 39 44 45 47 50 53 60 66 66 70 77 77 78 78 91 92 96 Status Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Partly Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free Not Free

Status Free Partly Free Not Free

Number of countries 8 10 10 28

Percentage of total 28% 36% 36% 100%

TOTAL

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