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http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=19381

 

Not entirely sure about the methodology here (OK, I've serious reservations about the methodology), but it's interesting none the less.  We're joint 27th with Lithuania, Ireland are joint first, USA are joint 53rd with Botswana and Tonga, Denmark have slipped to 19th because of the cartoons row and (unsurprisingly) North Korea remain rock bottom below the likes of Cuba, Iran, the Saudis and China.

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How the index was compiled

 

The index measures the state of press freedom in the world. It reflects the degree of freedom journalists and news organisations enjoy in each country, and the efforts made by the state to respect and ensure respect for this freedom.

 

Each one has a ranking and a score which together sum up the state of press freedom there. A country can change rank from year to year even if its score stays the same, and vice-versa.  It is based solely on events between 1 September 2005 and 1 September 2006. It does not look at human rights violations in general, just press freedom violations.

 

Reporters Without Borders compiled a questionnaire with 50 criteria for assessing the state of press freedom in each country. It includes every kind of violation directly affecting journalists (such as murders, imprisonment, physical attacks and threats) and news media (censorship, confiscation of issues, searches and harassment).

 

It registers the degree of impunity enjoyed by those responsible for such violations. It also takes account of the legal situation affecting the news media (such as penalties for press offences, the existence of a state monopoly in certain areas and the existence of a regulatory body) and the behaviour of the authorities towards the state-owned news media and the foreign press. It also takes account of the main obstacles to the free flow of information on the Internet.

 

We have taken account not only of abuses attributable to the state, but also those by armed militias, clandestine organisations or pressure groups that can pose a real threat to press freedom.  The questionnaire was sent to partner organisations of Reporters Without Borders (14 freedom of expression groups in five continents) and its 130 correspondents around the world, as well as to journalists, researchers, jurists and human rights activists. A scale devised by the organisation was then used to give a country-score to each questionnaire. The Statistics Institute of the University of Paris provided assistance and advice in processing the data reliably and thoroughly.

 

The 168 countries ranked are those for which we received completed questionnaires from a number of independent sources. Others were not included because of a lack of credible data. Where countries tied, they are listed in alphabetical order.

 

The index should in no way be taken as an indication of the quality of the press in the countries concerned.

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can't see any indepth analysis of the UK. i understand our libel laws are quite archaic and one of the reasons we are below many nations. would not be suprised if resignations post-hutton have impacted upon our press freedom.

 

i was unaware the US imprisoned a blogger, quite shocking really. i know judith miller was put in jail but that stupid cow though her journalist right to protect sources was more important giving evidence against whitehouse crooks.

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We haven't really got a free press apart from the Guardian which is registered as a charity iirc.

Has an agenda like every other paper tbh. Not one of the worst though, in that regard.

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