Films that Won the Academy Awards From 2001 to 2017
A free press is an essential pillar of democracy. For democracy to function properly, it is essential that people are kept informed about the domestic and the international events. It is only through information that people would be able to form rational opinions. In many nations around the world, media has also played a pivotal role in informing people about the various social and economic evils that are haunting their nations. Though democratic nations emphasize on the importance of the freedom of the press, in totalitarian or dictatorial regimes, press is usually suppressed.
Reporters Without Borders annually publishes the World Press Freedom Index, which access the press freedom records of individual nations. The report not only reflects the freedom that journalists as well as news organizations have in each nation but also what role is being played by the respective governments in respecting their freedom. Countries score between 0 to 100, which means that 0 is the best score while 100 is the worst.
According to the World Press Freedom Index 2017, Norway is the best country when it comes to the freedom of the press. The nation was placed at the top with a score of 7.6. Sweden was the second best country with a score of 8.27, while Finland at the third spot scored 8.92. Journalists and media organizations enjoyed a great deal of freedom in Denmark and the Netherlands which were at the fourth and fifth spot and had scores of 10.36 and 11.28. Some other countries, which were good examples of the press freedom and scored less than 20 were Switzerland, Belgium, Iceland, Ireland, Germany, Australia, Ghana, Namibia, Canada and a few others.
Countries such as France, the United Kingdom, the United States, Romania, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Poland, Nigeria, Afghanistan, and many other nations scored between 20 and 40. Among the BRICS nations, press in South Africa enjoyed a great deal of freedom. The nation scored 20.12. The lowest ranked among BRICS nations was China with a score of 77.66.
The countries that are ranked worst in the World Freedom Press Index 2017 are Syria, Turkmenistan, Eritrea and North Korea. All these nations scored more than 80.
For a better understanding of how each nation has scored on the World Freedom Press Index, refer to the table below.
|Trinidad and Tobago||20.62|
|Papua New Guinea||25.07|
|Central African Republic||36.12|
|United Arab Emirates||39.39|
|Morocco / Western Sahara||42.42|
|Democratic Republic of Congo||52.67|
(Data sourced from Reporters Without Borders)