Freedom of the Press (report)

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2015 Freedom of the Press Classifications[1]

Freedom of the Press is a yearly report by US-based non-governmental organization Freedom House, measuring the level of freedom and editorial independence enjoyed by the press in nations and significant disputed territories around the world.

Changes in Freedom of the Press Classifications 1989-2015[2]
Percentage of countries in each classification by year

Methodology[edit]

The ratings process involves several dozen analysts (Freedom House staff and consultants) who develop draft ratings using information gathered from professional contacts in a variety of countries, staff and consultant travel, international visitors, the findings of human rights and press freedom organizations, specialists in geographic and geopolitical areas, the reports of governments and multilateral bodies, members of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) network, and a variety of domestic and international news media. Countries are given a total score from 0 (most free) to 100 (least free) on the basis of a set of 23 methodology questions and 109 indicators divided into three broad categories covering the legal, political, and economic environment. Based on the scores, the countries are then classified as "Free" (0 to 30), "Partly Free" (31 to 60), or "Not Free" (61 to 100). The draft ratings are reviewed on an individual and a comparative basis, compared with the previous year’s findings, any major proposed numerical shifts or category changes are subject to more intense scrutiny, and assessments are made to ensure comparability and consistency in the findings from country to country, region to region, and year to year. While there is an element of subjectivity inherent in the rating process, it emphasizes intellectual rigor, recognizes cultural differences, diverse national interests, and varying levels of economic development, and attempts to produce balanced and unbiased ratings.[3]

2017 report[edit]

The Freedom of the Press 2017 report covers events that took place between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016.[4]

Freedom of the Press 2017
Country Rank Score Status
 Norway 1 8 Free
 Netherlands 2 11 Free
 Sweden 2 11 Free
 Belgium 4 12 Free
 Denmark 4 12 Free
 Finland 4 12 Free
  Switzerland 7 13 Free
 Luxembourg 8 14 Free
 Andorra 9 15 Free
 Iceland 9 15 Free
 Liechtenstein 9 15 Free
 Palau 9 15 Free
 Costa Rica 13 16 Free
 Estonia 13 16 Free
 Monaco 13 16 Free
 Marshall Islands 16 17 Free
 Portugal 16 17 Free
 Saint Lucia 16 17 Free
 San Marino 16 17 Free
 Canada 20 18 Free
 Ireland 20 18 Free
 Barbados 22 19 Free
 Jamaica 22 19 Free
 New Zealand 22 19 Free
 Germany 25 20 Free
 Czech Republic 26 21 Free
 Lithuania 26 21 Free
 Micronesia 26 21 Free
 Saint Kitts and Nevis 26 21 Free
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 26 21 Free
 Australia 31 22 Free
 Austria 31 22 Free
 Bahamas 33 23 Free
 Cyprus 33 23 Free
 Malta 33 23 Free
 Slovenia 33 23 Free
 United States 33 23 Free
 Uruguay 38 24 Free
 Dominica 39 25 Free
 Taiwan 39 25 Free
 Trinidad and Tobago 39 25 Free
 United Kingdom 39 25 Free
 Vanuatu 39 25 Free
 France 44 26 Free
 Grenada 44 26 Free
 Latvia 44 26 Free
 Slovakia 44 26 Free
 Belize 48 27 Free
 Cape Verde 48 27 Free
 Japan 48 27 Free
 Solomon Islands 48 27 Free
 Tuvalu 48 27 Free
 São Tomé and Príncipe 53 28 Free
 Spain 53 28 Free
 Suriname 53 28 Free
 Chile 56 29 Free
 Mauritius 56 29 Free
 Papua New Guinea 56 29 Free
 Samoa 56 29 Free
 Kiribati 60 30 Free
 Tonga 60 30 Free
 Italy 62 31 Partly Free
 Namibia 63 32 Partly Free
 Ghana 64 33 Partly Free
 Israel 64 33 Partly Free
 Antigua and Barbuda 66 34 Partly Free
 Poland 66 34 Partly Free
 South Korea 66 34 Partly Free
 Timor-Leste 69 35 Partly Free
 Benin 70 37 Partly Free
 Mali 70 37 Partly Free
 Mongolia 70 37 Partly Free
 Guyana 73 38 Partly Free
 Romania 73 38 Partly Free
 South Africa 73 38 Partly Free
 Burkina Faso 76 41 Partly Free
 Croatia 76 41 Partly Free
 El Salvador 76 41 Partly Free
 Panama 76 41 Partly Free
 Bulgaria 80 42 Partly Free
 Dominican Republic 80 42 Partly Free
 Hong Kong 80 42 Partly Free
 India 83 43 Partly Free
 Fiji 84 44 Partly Free
 Greece 84 44 Partly Free
 Hungary 84 44 Partly Free
 Montenegro 84 44 Partly Free
 Philippines 84 44 Partly Free
 Botswana 89 45 Partly Free
 Malawi 89 45 Partly Free
 Peru 89 45 Partly Free
 Argentina 92 46 Partly Free
 Nauru 92 46 Partly Free
 Brazil 94 47 Partly Free
 Senegal 94 47 Partly Free
 Kosovo 96 48 Partly Free
 Mozambique 96 48 Partly Free
 Comoros 98 49 Partly Free
 Indonesia 98 49 Partly Free
 Serbia 98 49 Partly Free
 Seychelles 98 49 Partly Free
 Georgia 102 50 Partly Free
 Albania 103 51 Partly Free
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 103 51 Partly Free
 Côte d'Ivoire 103 51 Partly Free
 Lesotho 103 51 Partly Free
 Nigeria 103 51 Partly Free
 Haiti 108 52 Partly Free
   Nepal 108 52 Partly Free
 Niger 108 52 Partly Free
 Bolivia 111 53 Partly Free
 Mauritania 111 53 Partly Free
 Somaliland 111 53 Partly Free
 Ukraine 111 53 Partly Free
 Sierra Leone 115 54 Partly Free
 Tunisia 115 54 Partly Free
 Nicaragua 117 55 Partly Free
 Lebanon 118 56 Partly Free
 Moldova 118 56 Partly Free
 Colombia 120 57 Partly Free
 Togo 120 57 Partly Free
 Bhutan 122 58 Partly Free
 Guatemala 122 58 Partly Free
 Kenya 122 58 Partly Free
 Madagascar 122 58 Partly Free
 Tanzania 122 58 Partly Free
 Uganda 122 58 Partly Free
 Guinea-Bissau 128 59 Partly Free
 Paraguay 128 59 Partly Free
 Afghanistan 130 60 Partly Free
 Congo (Brazzaville) 130 60 Partly Free
 Kuwait 130 60 Partly Free
 Liberia 130 60 Partly Free
 Sri Lanka 134 61 Not Free
 Bangladesh 135 62 Not Free
 Maldives 135 62 Not Free
 Armenia 137 63 Not Free
 Zambia 137 63 Not Free
 Macedonia 139 64 Not Free
 Mexico 139 64 Not Free
 Algeria 141 65 Not Free
 Pakistan 141 65 Not Free
 Cameroon 143 66 Not Free
 Ecuador 143 66 Not Free
 Guinea 143 66 Not Free
 Honduras 143 66 Not Free
 Morocco 143 66 Not Free
 Kyrgyzstan 148 67 Not Free
 Singapore 148 67 Not Free
 Jordan 150 68 Not Free
 Malaysia 151 69 Not Free
 Cambodia 152 70 Not Free
 Qatar 152 70 Not Free
 South Sudan 152 70 Not Free
 Central African Republic 155 71 Not Free
 Gabon 155 71 Not Free
 Iraq 155 71 Not Free
 Oman 155 71 Not Free
 Angola 159 73 Not Free
 Myanmar 159 73 Not Free
 Chad 161 74 Not Free
 Zimbabwe 161 74 Not Free
 Brunei 163 76 Not Free
 Turkey 163 76 Not Free
 Djibouti 165 77 Not Free
 Egypt 165 77 Not Free
 Libya 165 77 Not Free
 Thailand 165 77 Not Free
 United Arab Emirates 169 78 Not Free
 Rwanda 170 79 Not Free
 Somalia 170 79 Not Free
 Venezuela 172 81 Not Free
 Congo (Kinshasa) 173 82 Not Free
 Belarus 174 83 Not Free
 Russia 174 83 Not Free
 Swaziland 174 83 Not Free
 Vietnam 177 84 Not Free
 Palestine 177 84 Not Free
 Burundi 179 85 Not Free
 Kazakhstan 179 85 Not Free
 Laos 179 85 Not Free
 Yemen 179 85 Not Free
 Ethiopia 183 86 Not Free
 Saudi Arabia 183 86 Not Free
 Sudan 183 86 Not Free
 Bahrain 186 87 Not Free
 China 186 87 Not Free
 Tajikistan 186 87 Not Free
 The Gambia 186 87 Not Free
 Azerbaijan 190 90 Not Free
 Iran 190 90 Not Free
 Syria 190 90 Not Free
 Cuba 193 91 Not Free
 Equatorial Guinea 193 91 Not Free
 Crimea 195 94 Not Free
 Eritrea 195 94 Not Free
 Uzbekistan 197 95 Not Free
 North Korea 198 98 Not Free
 Turkmenistan 198 98 Not Free
  Key:
  Not Free
  Partly Free
  Free

Americas[edit]

Asia-Pacific[edit]

Eastern Europe, Former Soviet Union[edit]

Middle East and North Africa[edit]

Sub-Saharan Africa[edit]

Western Europe[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scores and Status Data 1980-2015". Freedom of the Press 2015. Freedom House. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Freedom of the Press 2015". Freedom of the Press Category Breakdown Data: Global Category Breakdown 1989-2015. Freedom House. Retrieved 11 June 2015.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ "Methodology", Freedom of the Press 2012, Freedom House, 21 June 2012, retrieved 2 August 2012
  4. ^ "Freedom of the Press 2017". Freedom House.  Excel data

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