For the second year in a row, the United States barely cracked the top twenty in press freedom.
Reporters Without Borders compiles the World Press Freedom Index annually. According to the organization’s website,
the index measures the state of press freedom in the world. It reflects the degree of freedom that journalists and news organisations enjoy in each country, and the efforts made by the authorities to respect and ensure respect for this freedom.
A score and a position is assigned to each country in the final ranking. They are complementary indicators that together assess the state of press freedom. A country can change position from year to year even if its score stays the same, and viceversa.
This ranking reflects the situation during a specific period. It is based solely on évents between 1 September 2009 and 1 September 2010. (Learn about the methodology here).
The United States came in just ahead of Canada and the African Republic of Namibia, tied for 21st.
Six countries received a perfect score this year to share the distinction of having the world’s freest press: Norway, Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Sweden.
The bottom two spots went to Eritrea and North Korea, for the fourth consecutive year.
–View the full rankings here.
–Learn more about World Press Freedom.