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2007 press freedom rankings

The Press Freedom Index is an annual ranking of countries compiled and published by Reporters Without Borders based upon the organization's assessment of their press freedom records. Small countries, such as Andorra, are excluded from this report. The 2009 index was published on 20 October 2009.

The report is based on a questionnaire [1] sent to partner organizations 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.[2]

The survey asks questions about direct attacks on journalists and the media as well as other indirect sources of pressure against the free press. RWB is careful to note that the index only deals with press freedom, and does not measure the quality of journalism. Due to the nature of the survey's methodology based on individual perceptions, there are often wide contrasts in a country's ranking from year to year.

Table

Rank 2009 Country Index 2009 Index 2008 Index 2007 Index 2006 Index 2005 Index 2004 Index 2003 Index 2002
1  Denmark 0.00 3.50 2.00 5.00 0.50 0.50 1.00 3.00
1  Finland 0.00 2.00 1.50 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50
1  Ireland 0.00 2.00 2.00 0.50 0.50 0.50 2.83 1.00
1  Norway 0.00 1.50 0.75 2.00 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50
1  Sweden 0.00 3.00 1.50 4.00 2.00 2.00 1.50 1.50
6  Estonia 0.50 2.00 1.00 2.00 1.50 2.00 2.50  
7  Netherlands 1.00 4.00 3.50 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50
7  Switzerland 1.00 3.00 3.00 2.50 0.50 0.50 2.50 4.25
9  Iceland 2.00 1.50 0.75 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50
10  Lithuania 2.25 4.00 7.00 6.50 4.50 3.00 2.83  
11  Belgium 2.50 3.00 1.50 4.00 4.00 4.00 1.17 3.50
11  Malta 2.50              
13  Austria 3.00 3.50 4.25 4.50 2.50 3.25 2.75 7.50
13  Latvia 3.00 3.00 3.00 2.50 1.00 2.25  
13  New Zealand 3.00 3.00 4.17 5.00 2.00 0.67 2.83  
16  Australia 3.13 6.25 8.79 9.00 6.50 9.50 9.25 3.50
17  Japan 3.25 6.50 11.75 12.50 8.00 10.00 8.00 7.50
18  Germany 3.50 4.50 5.75 5.50 4.00 2.00 1.33 1.50
19  Canada 3.70 3.33 4.88 4.50 4.50 3.33 1.83 0.75
20  Luxembourg 4.00 1.50            
20  United Kingdom 4.00 5.50 8.25 6.50 5.17 6.00 4.25 6.00
20  United States 4.00 8.00 14.50 13.00 9.50 4.00 6.00 4.75
23  Jamaica 4.75 4.88 8.63 5.50 7.50 4.17 3.33  
24  Czech Republic 5.00 4.00 4.00 0.75 1.00 3.50 2.50 11.25
25  Cyprusa 5.50 7.50 14.00 7.50 5.50 22.00 20.83
25  Hungary 5.50 5.50 4.50 3.00 2.00 6.00 3.33 6.50
27  Ghana 6.00 7.50 9.00 8.50 15.00 13.50 8.75 23.00
28  Trinidad and Tobago 7.00 6.13 5.00 5.00 2.00 2.00 1.00  
29  Uruguay 7.63 8.33 11.75 13.75 9.75 10.00 4.00 6.00
30  Costa Rica 8.00 5.10 6.50 6.67 8.50 7.63 3.83 4.25
30  Mali 8.00 7.50 16.50 9.00 8.00 12.83 11.00 12.50
30  Portugal 8.00 4.00 2.00 3.00 4.83 4.50 5.17 1.50
33  South Africa 8.50 8.00 13.00 11.25 6.50 5.00 3.33 7.50
34  Macedonia 8.75 8.25 11.50 11.50 8.75 11.25 9.67  
35  Greece 9.00 7.50 9.25 8.00 4.00 7.00 6.00 5.00
35  Namibia 9.00 5.50 8.50 6.00 5.50 10.00 11.00 8.00
37  Poland 9.50 9.00 18.50 14.00 12.50 6.83 6.17 7.75
37  Slovenia 9.50 7.33 6.50 3.00 1.00 2.25 3.00 4.00
39  Bosnia and Herzegovina 10.50 8.00 11.17 5.00 7.00 3.67 6.83 12.50
39  Chile 10.50 11.50 12.13 11.63 11.75 10.00 6.83 6.50
39  Guyana 10.50 19.75            
42  Suriname 10.60 6.00            
43  France 10.67 7.67 9.75 9.00 6.25 3.50 4.17 3.25
44  Cape Verde 11.00 8.00 14.00 11.50 6.00 8.75 8.25 13.75
44  Slovakia 11.00 3.00 1.00 2.50 0.75 0.50 2.50  
44  Spain 11.00 8.00 10.25 10.00 8.33 9.00 7.67 7.75
47  Argentina 11.33 14.08 24.83 17.30 13.67 21.33 15.17 12.00
48  Hong Kong 11.75 9.75 20.00 14.00 8.25 7.50 11.00 4.83
   Grenada         12.00    
49  Italy 12.14 8.42 11.25 9.90 8.67 9.00 9.75 11.00
50  Romania 12.50 9.00 12.75 14.00 16.17 17.83 11.50 13.25
51  Northern Cyprusb 14.00 10.00 19.00 14.50 12.50 22.00 20.83
51  Maldives 14.00 23.25 45.17 51.25 58.50 69.17 47.50  
51  Mauritius 14.00 9.00 8.50 8.00 7.50 10.50 7.25 9.50
54  Paraguay 14.33 20.50 26.10 18.25 15.50 10.50 7.17 8.50
55  Panama 14.50 11.83 17.88 9.50 15.00 14.50 9.75 15.50
56  Papua New Guinea 14.70              
57  Burkina Faso 15.00 13.00 21.50 16.00 19.00 16.25 18.00 27.75
57  Haiti 15.00 15.13 23.50 19.50 33.50 42.13 31.00 36.50
59  Republic of China (Taiwan) 15.08 8.00 10.00 10.50 12.25 14.25 12.00 9.00
60  Kuwait 15.25 12.63 20.17 17.00 21.25 31.67 31.33 25.50
61  Lebanon 15.42 14.00 28.75 27.00 28.25 24.38 32.50 19.67
62  Botswana 15.50 14.00 23.50 13.00 14.00 11.50 13.00  
63  Liberia 15.50 9.75 25.33 19.00 20.50 40.00 40.00 37.75
63  Malawi 15.50 15.00 26.75 25.50 22.75 31.00 21.00 27.67
63  Serbiac 15.50 13.50 21.00 11.50 14.83 20.13 21.33 20.75
63  Tanzania 15.50 15.00 18.00 19.82 17.50 14.50 16.50 21.25
63  Togo 15.50 10.00 15.17 15.00 23.75 19.50 27.50 31.50
68  Bulgaria 15.61 12.50 16.25 9.00 10.25 8.00 6.50 9.75
69  South Korea 15.67 9.00 12.13 7.75 7.50 11.13 9.17 10.50
70  Bhutan 15.75 15.50 37.17 25.00 51.50 55.83 77.33 90.75
71  Brazil 15.88 18.00 25.25 17.17 14.50 16.50 16.75 18.75
72  Benin 16.00 15.00 17.00 5.50 5.50 5.50 5.25 6.00
72  Seychelles 16.00 15.50 33.00 24.50 17.00 23.50 26.75 20.75
72  Timor-Leste 16.00 13.75 27.00 18.50 13.50 13.50 5.50  
75  Kosovod 16.58 12.00 19.75 16.00 25.75 20.13 21.33 20.75
76  Nicaragua 16.75 12.50 14.25 15.50 15.25 11.67 6.50  
77  Montenegroc 17.00 10.00 19.00 11.50 14.83 20.13 21.33 20.75
78  Croatia 17.17 8.50 12.50 13.00 12.83 11.83 16.50 8.75
79  El Salvador 17.25 12.80 20.20 10.00 5.75 6.00 6.83 8.75
80  Central African Republic 17.75 18.50 22.50 14.50 19.75 32.50 32.75 21.50
   Tonga   18.00 38.25 13.00 14.50 38.17    
81  Georgia 18.83 31.25 20.83 21.00 25.17 27.50 17.33  
82  Comoros 19.00 20.00 28.00 22.50 22.00 26.50 18.50 20.50
82  Mozambique 19.00 20.50 23.00 11.50 10.50 16.25 14.00 23.50
84  Ecuador 20.00 15.50 18.50 15.25 21.75 16.50 7.67 5.50
85  Peru 20.88 26.25 37.38 28.25 33.33 40.00 10.25 9.50
86  Uganda 21.50 26.00 28.00 29.83 19.25 24.00 25.75 17.00
86  United Arab Emirates 21.50 14.50 20.25 17.50 25.75 50.25 37.00  
88  Albania 21.75 16.00 25.50 18.00 14.17 11.50 6.50  
89  Senegal 22.00 19.00 25.00 17.50 19.00 21.50 14.50 14.00
89  Ukraine 22.00 19.25 26.75 26.50 32.50 51.00 40.00 40.00
91  Mongolia 23.33 20.83 23.40 19.25 12.50 19.00 18.25 24.50
92  Guinea-Bissau 23.50 16.33 33.50 14.50 17.00 23.50 35.25 30.25
93  Israel (Israeli territory) 23.75 8.83 13.25 12.00 10.00 8.00 8.00 30.00
94  Qatar 24.00 15.50 24.00 18.00 23.00 32.50 35.00  
95  Bolivia 24.17 28.20 21.50 4.50 9.67 20.00 9.67 14.50
96  Kenya 25.00 21.25 23.75 30.25 30.00 22.25 18.50 24.75
97  Zambia 26.75 15.50 21.50 22.50 23.00 29.75 23.25 26.75
98  Dominican Republic 26.83 18.00 22.75 12.75 12.25 6.75 17.00  
99  Lesotho 27.50 29.50 29.50 16.00 19.50 29.50 17.75  
100  Guinea 28.50 21.50 33.50 27.50 26.00 24.50 33.17 26.00
100  Indonesia 28.50 27.00 30.50 26.00 26.00 37.75 34.25 20.00
100  Mauritania 28.50 23.88 15.50 17.50 40.00 51.00 36.67 41.33
103  Burundi 29.00 21.00 43.40 39.83        
103  Côte d'Ivoire 19.00 26.50 27.00 25.00 52.25 60.38 42.17 19.00
105  India 29.33 30.00 39.33 26.50 27.00 38.50 39.00 26.50
106  Guatemala 29.50 22.64 33.00 21.25 21.50 16.50 30.83 27.25
106  Oman 29.50 32.67         57.75  
108  United States (extra-territorial) 30.00 31.00 36.00 31.50 48.50 36.00 41.00  
109  Cameroon 30.50 36.90 36.00 28.25 20.50 27.00 30.50 28.83
110  Djibouti 31.00 41.50 50.25 33.00 37.00 55.00 35.50 31.25
111  Armenia 31.13 22.75 23.63 25.50 26.00 23.50 25.17  
112  Jordan 31.88 36.00 40.21 27.50 24.00 39.13 37.00 33.50
113  Tajikistan 32.00 25.50 37.00 30.00 33.00 27.75 34.50 28.25
114  Moldova 33.75 21.38 24.75 19.17 17.50 20.50 27.00  
115  Sierra Leone 34.00 27.75 39.50 26.00 39.50 24.50 23.50 24.50
116  Republic of the Congo 34.75 20.75 24.50 17.00 17.00 17.50 14.00 23.17
117  Cambodia 35.17 35.50 25.33 27.25 23.00 36.50 19.50 24.25
118 Flag of Nepal.svg Nepal 35.63 43.25 53.75 73.50 86.75 84.00 51.50 63.00
119  Angola 36.50 29.50 26.50 21.50 18.00 26.50 28.00 30.17
119  Bahrain 36.50 21.17 38.00 28.00 38.75 52.50 35.17 23.00
121  Bangladesh 37.33 42.70 53.17 48.00 61.25 62.50 46.50 43.75
122  Philippines 38.25 45.00 44.75 51.00 50.00 36.63 35.25 29.00
122  Turkey 38.25 22.75 31.25 25.00 25.00 37.25 35.00 33.50
124  Venezuela 39.50 27.33 36.88 29.00 23.00 24.63 27.83 25.00
125  Kyrgyzstan 40.00 27.00 33.60 34.00 32.00 35.25 32.00 31.75
126  Colombia 40.13 35.50 42.33 44.75 40.17 47.38 49.17 40.83
127  Morocco 41.00 32.25 33.25 24.83 36.17 43.00 39.67 29.00
128  Honduras 42.00 21.50 25.50 14.50 18.00 11.75 14.17  
129  Gabon 43.50 26.75 31.50 28.50 26.00 37.50 31.25 20.50
130  Thailand 44.00 34.50 53.50 33.50 28.00 14.00 19.67 22.75
131  Malaysia 44.25 39.50 41.00 22.25 33.00 39.83 32.00 37.83
132  Chad 44.50 41.25 36.50 35.50 30.00 33.25 24.00 28.75
133  Singapore 45.00 49.00 56.00 51.50 50.67 57.00 47.33  
134  Madagascar 45.83 21.00 20.00 15.00 24.50 18.50 8.17 22.75
135  Nigeria 46.00 37.75 49.83 32.23 38.75 37.75 31.50 15.50
136  Zimbabwe 46.50 54.00 62.00 50.00 64.25 67.50 45.50 48.25
137  Gambia 48.25 42.75 48.25 54.00 41.00 29.50 18.25 22.50
137  Mexico 48.25 46.13 53.63 45.83 45.50 27.83 17.67 24.75
139  Niger 48.50 37.00 25.50 24.50 13.00 18.33 15.75 18.50
140  Ethiopia 49.00 47.75 63.00 75.00 42.00 37.00 37.50 37.50
141  Algeria 49.56 31.33 40.50 40.00 40.33 43.50 33.00 31.00
142  Kazakhstan 49.67 35.33 41.63 41.00 36.17 44.17 42.50 42.00
143  Egypt 51.38 50.25 58.00 46.25 52.00 43.50 34.25 34.50
144  Swaziland 52.50 50.50 54.50 40.50 35.00 31.00 37.50 29.00
145  Iraq 53.30 59.38 67.83 66.83 67.00 58.50 37.50 79.00
146  Azerbaijan 53.50 53.63 55.40 47.00 51.00 49.67 34.50 34.50
146  Democratic Republic of the Congo 53.50 51.25 50.50 51.00 57.33 51.50 38.50 40.75
148  Sudan 54.00 42.00 55.75 48.13 44.00 44.25 45.75 36.00
149  Afghanistan 54.25 59.25 56.50 44.25 39.17 28.25 40.17 35.50
150  Israel (extra-territorial) 55.50 51.50 32.00 47.00   37.50 49.00  
151  Belarus 59.50 58.33 63.63 57.00 61.33 54.10 52.00 52.17
152  Fiji 60.00 16.00 33.50 14.00 14.00 16.00 11.50  
153  Russia 60.88 47.50 56.90 52.50 48.67 51.38 49.50 48.00
154  Tunisia 61.50 48.10 57.00 53.75 57.50 62.67 50.83 67.75
155  Brunei 63.50           38.00
156  Libya 64.50 61.50 66.50 62.50 88.75 65.00 60.00 72.50
157  Rwanda 64.67 50.00 58.88 41.00 38.00 37.25 34.25 37.50
158  Equatorial Guinea 65.50 59.25 65.25 48.00 44.00 46.25 44.75 42.75
159  Pakistan 65.67 54.88 64.83 70.33 60.75 61.75 39.00 44.67
160  Uzbekistan 67.67 62.70 74.88 71.00 66.50 52.13 61.50 45.00
161  Palestinian Authority 69.83 66.88 69.83 46.75 42.50 43.17 39.25 27.00
162  Sri Lanka 75.00 78.00 67.50 50.75 33.25 36.50 24.83 15.75
163  Saudi Arabia 76.50 61.75 59.75 76.00 66.00 79.17 71.50 62.50
164  Somalia 77.50 58.00 71.50 51.25 59.00 43.50 45.00  
165  Syria 78.00 59.63 66.00 63.00 55.00 67.50 67.50 62.83
166  Vietnam 81.67 86.17 79.25 67.25 73.25 86.88 89.17 81.25
167  Yemen 83.38 59.00 56.67 54.00 46.25 48.00 41.83 34.75
168  People's Republic of China 84.50 85.50 89.00 94.00 83.00 92.33 91.25 97.00
169  Laos 92.00 70.00 75.00 67.50 66.50 64.33 94.83 89.00
170  Cuba 94.00 88.33 96.17 95.00 87.00 106.83 97.83 90.25
171  Myanmar 102.67 94.38 93.75 94.75 88.83 103.63 95.50 96.83
172  Iran 104.14 80.33 96.50 90.88 89.17 78.30 89.33 48.25
173  Turkmenistan 107.00 95.50 103.75 98.50 93.50 99.83 82.83 91.50
174  North Korea 112.50 96.50 108.75 109.00 109.00 107.50 99.50 97.50
175  Eritrea 115.50 97.50 114.75 97.50 99.75 93.25 91.50 83.67


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References

  1. ^ Reporters Without Borders. 2008 questionnaire
  2. ^ Reporters Without Borders. How the index was compiled

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