The World Press Freedom Index has been published every year since 2002 by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and is an important advocacy tool based on the principle of emulation between states. Because it is well known, its influence over governments is growing. Many heads of state and government fear its annual publication.
The Index is a point of reference that is quoted by media throughout the world and is used by diplomats and international entities such as the United Nations and the World Bank.
The degree of freedom available to journalists in 180 countries is determined by pooling the responses of experts to a questionnaire devised by RSF.
Translated into 20 languages including English, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Indonesian and Korean, the questionnaire is sent to journalists, media lawyers, researchers and other media specialists selected by RSF in the 180 countries covered by the Index.
A team of in-house specialists, each assigned to a different geographical region, keeps a detailed tally of abuses and violence against journalists and media outlets.
Top and bottom ranking on 2017 World Press Freedom Index:
No. 1 Norway 7.60
No. 2 Sweden 8.27
No. 3 Finland 8.92
No. 4 Denmark 10.36
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No. 178 Turkmenistan 84.19
No. 179 Eritrea 84.24
No. 180 North Korea.
You can see the complete list here
The World Press Freedom Day 2017 is today, 3 May.
Scandinavia Ranks on Top of the 2017 World Press Freedom Index , compiled by Admin