I can't believe Japan is #29. I think it should be lower... but I guess they don't kill reporters in Japan... they just co-opt them. I guess it depends on what you call "press freedom"...
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is publishing the first worldwide press freedom index
Reporters Without Borders is publishing for the first time a worldwide index of countries according to their respect for press freedom. It also shows that such freedom is under threat everywhere, with the 20 bottom-ranked countries drawn from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. The situation in especially bad in Asia, which contains the four worst offenders - North Korea, China, Burma, Turkmenistan and Bhutan. The top end of the list shows that rich countries have no monopoly of press freedom. Costa and Benin are examples of how growth of a free press does not just depend on a country's material prosperity. The index was drawn up by asking journalists, researchers and legal experts to answer 50 questions about the whole range of press freedom violations (such as murders or arrests of journalists, censorship, pressure, state monopolies in various fields, punishment of press law offences and regulation of the media). The final list includes 139 countries. The others were not included in the absence of reliable information.
Rank Country Note
1 Finland 0,50
- Iceland 0,50
- Norway 0,50
- Netherlands 0,50
5 Canada 0,75
6 Ireland 1,00
7 Germany 1,50
- Portugal 1,50
- Sweden 1,50
10 Denmark 3,00
11 France 3,25
12 Australia 3,50
- Belgium 3,50
14 Slovenia 4,00
15 Costa Rica 4,25
Rank Country Note
- Switzerland 4,25
17 United States 4,75
18 Hong Kong 4,83
19 Greece 5,00
20 Ecuador 5,50
21 Benin 6,00
- United Kingdom 6,00
- Uruguay 6,00
24 Chile 6,50
- Hungary 6,50
26 South Africa 7,50
- Austria 7,50
- Japan 7,50
29 Spain 7,75
- Poland 7,75

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This comment is a little late, but it seems ironic that France comes in higher on the list than the US, even though in France there is actually a law against criticizing the president, punishable by up to a 45000 euro fine. Can you imagine if the US had such a law? The government could pay off its deficit...

Dear Reporters w/o Borders
i heard of you through a Truthout message & that you are considering taking the USA to the UN Human Rights Commission Bravo! i assume this is because the US is (at 1.10pm Melbourne time) poised to unlawfully invade Iraq.
Can you tell me if you have made this decision yey & ifso what our local peace movements can do to help? We had 2000,000 people in melbourne against the war & local actions are ongoing perhaps you saw Greenpeace Australias Huge painted NO WAR sign on the sails of the Sydney opera house?
Pax
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Dear Reporters w/o Borders: we wish to include some among you who also do a bit of teaching. Please visit our website.

Our main objectives: take our creation, the Interntional Professor and turn it into a new convention in academe.
Focus on international higher education sharings through channels we make for flows; and emphasize Poulation/Environment/ Security.

Thank you for your critical work.

Ron Krate
Prof & Head
International Professors Project
Hanoi & Vermont


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