Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Freedom of the Press
An independent press is essential to the functioning of a democracy. The ability of media to criticize the government and public officials is something worth protecting. A free and independent press also allows for civil society to have a platform and a vehicle for debate and dissent.
The Press Freedom Index 2011/2012 is an excellent resource to begin researching press freedoms.
The top 10 Countries are:
9. Cape Verde
Hey at least we made the top 10, not bad, but to be fair we tied Denmark for 10th.
Something interesting I found was that recent protests in the Arab world has caused Countries caught up in the Arab Spring to have a lower press freedom score. Protest movements in European Countries have also caused lower press freedom scores for those countries. It would appear as though there is a correlation between war and public protest and low press freedom index scores. The United States ranked 47th. These low results from the United States are attributed to the Occupy protests and current wars in the Middle East.
Out of 179 Countries the bottom 10 are:
178. North Korea