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2022 Press Freedom Index[1]
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The Press Freedom Index is an annual ranking of countries compiled and published by Reporters Without Borders since 2002 based upon the organisation's own assessment of the countries' press freedom records in the previous year. It intends to reflect the degree of freedom that journalists, news organisations, and netizens have in each country, and the efforts made by authorities to respect this freedom. Reporters Without Borders is careful to note that the index only deals with press freedom and does not measure the quality of journalism in the countries it assesses, nor does it look at human rights violations in general.[2]

Methodology

The report is partly based on a questionnaire[3] using seven general criteria: pluralism (measures the degree of representation of opinions in the media space), media independence, environment and self-censorship, legislative framework, transparency, infrastructure, and abuses. The questionnaire takes account of the legal framework for the media (including penalties for press offences, the existence of a state monopoly for certain kinds of media and how the media are regulated) and the level of independence of the public media. It also includes violations of the free flow of information on the Internet.

Violence against journalists, netizens, and media assistants, including abuses attributable to the state, armed militias, clandestine organisations or pressure groups, are monitored by RSF staff during the year and are also part of the final score. A smaller score on the report corresponds to greater freedom of the press as reported by the organisation. The questionnaire is sent to Reporters Without Borders's partner organisations: 18 freedom of expression non-governmental organisations located in five continents, its 150 correspondents around the world and journalists, researchers, jurists and human rights activists.[2]

Rankings and scores by country

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Country 2020
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2019
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2018
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2017
[7]
2016
[8]
 Norway (001)
92.16
(001)
92.18
(001)
92.37
(001)
92.40
(003)
91.21
 Finland (002)
92.07
(002)
92.10
(004)
89.74
(003)
91.08
(001)
91.41
 Denmark (003)
91.87
(005)
90.13
(009)
86.01
(004)
89.64
(004)
91.11
 Sweden (004)
90.75
(003)
91.69
(002)
91.69
(002)
91.73
(008)
87.67
 Netherlands (005)
90.04
(004)
91.37
(003)
89.99
(005)
88.72
(002)
91.24
 Jamaica (006)
89.49
(008)
88.87
(006)
88.67
(008)
87.27
(010)
87.55
 Costa Rica (007)
89.47
(010)
87.76
(010)
85.99
(006)
88.07
(006)
88.90
 Switzerland (008)
89.38
(006)
89.48
(005)
88.73
(007)
87.87
(007)
88.24
 New Zealand (009)
89.31
(007)
89.25
(008)
86.38
(013)
86.02
(005)
89.99
 Portugal (010)
88.17
(012)
87.37
(014)
85.83
(018)
84.23
(023)
82.73
 Germany (011)
87.84
(013)
85.40
(015)
85.61
(016)
85.03
(016)
85.20
 Belgium (012)
87.43
(009)
87.93
(007)
86.84
(009)
87.25
(013)
85.82
 Ireland (013)
87.40
(015)
85.00
(016)
85.41
(014)
85.92
(009)
87.60
 Estonia (014)
87.39
(011)
87.73
(012)
85.92
(012)
86.45
(014)
85.69
 Iceland (015)
84.88
(014)
85.29
(013)
85.90
(010)
86.97
(019)
84.70
 Canada (016)
84.71
(018)
84.31
(018)
84.72
(022)
83.47
(018)
84.74
 Luxembourg (017)
84.54
(017)
84.34
(017)
85.28
(015)
85.28
(015)
85.57
 Austria (018)
84.22
(016)
84.67
(011)
85.96
(011)
86.53
(011)
86.82
 Uruguay (019)
84.21
(019)
83.94
(020)
84.44
(025)
82.57
(020)
84.12
 Suriname (020)
82.50
(020)
83.62
(021)
83.56
(020)
83.93
(022)
83.30
 Samoa (021)
81.75
(022)
81.75
(022)
83.31
(021)
83.59
(029)
81.20
 Latvia (022)
81.44
(024)
80.47
(024)
80.37
(028)
81.38
(024)
82.62
 Namibia (023)
80.75
(023)
81.05
(026)
79.76
(024)
82.92
(017)
84.85
 Liechtenstein (024)
80.48
(026)
79.51
(030)
79.51
(032)
79.69
(028)
81.64
 Cape Verde (025)
79.85
(025)
80.19
(029)
79.61
(027)
81.98
(032)
80.18
 Australia (026)
79.79
(021)
83.45
(019)
84.54
(019)
83.98
(025)
82.16
 Cyprus (027)
79.55
(028)
78.26
(025)
80.15
(030)
80.21
(027)
81.74
 Lithuania (028)
78.81
(030)
77.94
(036)
77.80
(036)
78.63
(035)
80.05
 Spain (029)
77.84
(029)
78.01
(031)
79.49
(029)
81.31
(034)
80.08
 Ghana (030)
77.74
(027)
79.19
(023)
81.59
(026)
82.05
(026)
82.05
 South Africa (031)
77.59
(031)
77.81
(028)
79.61
(031)
79.88
(039)
78.08
 Slovenia (032)
77.36
(034)
77.69
(032)
78.31
(037)
78.30
(040)
77.74
 Slovakia (033)
77.33
(035)
76.42
(027)
79.74
(017)
84.49
(012)
86.74
 France (034)
77.08
(032)
77.79
(033)
78.13
(039)
77.76
(045)
76.17
 United Kingdom (035)
77.07
(033)
77.77
(040)
76.75
(040)
77.74
(038)
78.30
 Trinidad and Tobago (036)
76.78
(039)
75.26
(039)
77.21
(034)
79.38
(044)
76.71
 Andorra (037)
76.77
(037)
75.37
(037)
77.79
(035)
78.97
(033)
80.13
 Burkina Faso (038)
76.53
(036)
75.47
(041)
76.67
(042)
76.15
(042)
77.34
 Botswana (039)
76.44
(044)
74.91
(048)
74.71
(048)
75.07
(043)
77.09
 Czech Republic (040)
76.43
(040)
75.11
(034)
78.11
(023)
83.09
(021)
83.34
 Italy (041)
76.31
(043)
75.02
(046)
75.88
(052)
73.74
(077)
71.07
 South Korea (042)
76.30
(041)
75.06
(043)
76.49
(063)
72.39
(070)
71.42
 Taiwan (043)
76.24
(042)
75.02
(042)
76.64
(045)
75.63
(051)
75.63
Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (044)
76.22
(050)
73.96
(035)
77.89
(038)
77.90
(030)
81.09
 United States (045)
76.15
(048)
74.31
(045)
76.27
(043)
76.12
(041)
77.51
 Papua New Guinea (046)
76.07
(038)
75.30
(053)
73.81
(051)
74.93
(055)
74.19
 Senegal (047)
76.01
(049)
74.19
(050)
74.39
(058)
73.28
(065)
72.01
 Romania (048)
74.09
(047)
74.33
(044)
76.35
(046)
75.54
(049)
75.71
 Guyana (049)
73.37
(051)
73.37
(055)
73.75
(060)
73.20
(057)
72.93
 Tonga (050)
72.73
(045)
74.59
(051)
74.32
(049)
75.03
(037)
78.76
 Chile (051)
72.69
(046)
74.35
(038)
77.31
(033)
79.47
(031)
80.77
 Fiji (052)
72.59
(052)
72.82
(057)
73.45
(067)
71.36
(080)
70.63
 Belize (053)
72.50
(053)
72.50
(047)
75.45
(041)
76.57
(036)
79.39
 Madagascar (054)
72.32
(054)
72.24
(054)
73.80
(057)
73.29
(056)
72.96
 Dominican Republic (055)
72.10
(055)
72.10
(059)
73.21
(059)
73.24
(062)
72.10
 Mauritius (056)
72.00
(058)
71.54
(056)
73.55
(056)
73.33
(061)
72.31
 Niger (057)
71.75
(066)
70.74
(063)
72.60
(061)
72.79
(052)
75.38
 Bosnia and Herzegovina (058)
71.49
(063)
70.98
(062)
72.63
(065)
72.17
(068)
71.55
 Croatia (059)
71.49
(064)
70.97
(069)
71.06
(074)
70.41
(063)
72.09
 Georgia (060)
71.41
(060)
71.02
(061)
72.66
(064)
72.24
(064)
72.04
 Armenia (061)
71.40
(061)
71.02
(080)
70.01
(079)
69.62
(074)
71.21
 Poland (062)
71.35
(059)
71.11
(058)
73.41
(054)
73.53
(047)
76.11
 Seychelles (063)
71.34
(069)
70.59
(085)
69.83
(087)
69.14
(092)
69.40
 Argentina (064)
71.22
(057)
71.70
(052)
73.95
(050)
74.93
(054)
74.91
 Greece (065)
71.20
(065)
70.92
(074)
70.81
(088)
69.11
(089)
69.65
 Japan (066)
71.14
(067)
70.64
(067)
71.36
(072)
70.56
(072)
71.33
 Bhutan (067)
71.10
(080)
70.19
(094)
69.27
(084)
69.27
(094)
69.27
 Ivory Coast (068)
71.06
(071)
70.48
(082)
69.92
(081)
69.58
(086)
69.83
 Malawi (069)
70.68
(068)
70.64
(064)
72.57
(070)
71.03
(066)
71.88
 Kosovo (070)
70.67
(075)
70.32
(078)
70.39
(082)
69.55
(090)
69.50
 Togo (071)
70.67
(076)
70.31
(086)
69.77
(086)
69.25
(088)
69.69
 Tunisia (072)
70.55
(072)
70.39
(097)
69.09
(097)
67.78
(096)
68.40
 Mongolia (073)
70.39
(070)
70.49
(071)
70.95
(069)
71.05
(060)
72.39
 El Salvador (074)
70.30
(081)
70.19
(066)
72.22
(062)
72.76
(058)
72.80
 Comoros (075)
70.23
(056)
72.09
(049)
74.70
(044)
75.67
(050)
75.67
 Panama (076)
70.22
(079)
70.22
(091)
69.44
(096)
67.88
(091)
69.41
 Northern Cyprus (077)
70.21
(074)
70.33
(077)
70.41
(075)
70.12
(081)
70.46
 East Timor (078)
70.10
(084)
70.07
(095)
69.19
(098)
67.18
(099)
67.98
 Maldives (079)
70.07
(098)
67.84
(120)
62.05
(117)
60.70
(112)
65.83
 Hong Kong (080)
69.99
(073)
70.35
(070)
70.96
(073)
70.54
(069)
71.50
 Malta (081)
69.84
(077)
70.26
(065)
72.56
(047)
75.24
(046)
76.16
 Kyrgyzstan (082)
69.81
(083)
70.08
(098)
69.00
(089)
69.08
(085)
69.84
 Haiti (083)
69.80
(062)
71.00
(060)
73.18
(053)
73.64
(053)
75.34
 Albania (084)
69.75
(082)
70.16
(075)
70.51
(076)
70.08
(082)
70.08
 Sierra Leone (085)
69.72
(086)
69.64
(079)
70.02
(085)
69.27
(083)
70.06
 Lesotho (086)
69.55
(078)
70.26
(068)
71.22
(068)
71.22
(073)
71.22
 Gambia (087)
69.38
(092)
68.65
(122)
61.64
(143)
53.30
(145)
53.47
 Israel (088)
69.16
(088)
69.20
(087)
69.74
(091)
68.99
(101)
67.42
 Hungary (089)
69.16
(087)
69.56
(073)
70.89
(071)
70.99
(067)
71.83
 Peru (090)
69.06
(085)
69.78
(088)
69.73
(090)
69.02
(084)
70.01
 Moldova (091)
68.84
(091)
68.79
(081)
69.99
(080)
69.59
(076)
71.17
 North Macedonia (092)
68.72
(095)
68.34
(109)
67.57
(111)
64.26
(118)
63.91
 Serbia (093)
68.38
(090)
68.82
(076)
70.42
(066)
71.95
(059)
72.40
 Guinea-Bissau (094)
67.94
(089)
69.05
(083)
69.91
(077)
69.91
(079)
70.97
 Liberia (095)
67.75
(093)
68.51
(089)
69.67
(094)
68.88
(093)
69.29
 Ukraine (096)
67.48
(102)
67.54
(101)
68.84
(102)
66.81
(107)
67.07
 Mauritania (097)
67.46
(094)
68.35
(072)
70.91
(055)
73.51
(048)
75.97
 Ecuador (098)
67.38
(097)
68.12
(092)
69.44
(105)
66.36
(109)
66.79
 Ethiopia (099)
67.18
(110)
64.89
(150)
49.83
(150)
49.66
(142)
54.87
 Paraguay (100)
67.03
(099)
67.60
(107)
67.68
(110)
64.36
(111)
66.37
 Malaysia (101)
66.88
(123)
63.26
(145)
52.59
(144)
53.11
(146)
53.43
 Lebanon (102)
66.81
(101)
67.56
(100)
68.85
(099)
66.99
(098)
68.05
 Kenya (103)
66.28
(100)
67.56
(096)
69.18
(095)
68.80
(095)
68.84
 Mozambique (104)
66.21
(103)
67.34
(099)
68.88
(093)
68.95
(087)
69.75
 Montenegro (105)
66.17
(104)
67.26
(103)
68.79
(106)
66.35
(106)
67.21
 Angola (106)
66.08
(109)
65.04
(121)
61.64
(125)
59.58
(123)
60.11
 Brazil (107)
65.95
(105)
67.21
(102)
68.80
(103)
66.42
(104)
67.38
 Mali (108)
65.88
(112)
64.77
(115)
63.85
(116)
61.73
(122)
60.17
 Kuwait (109)
65.70
(108)
66.14
(105)
68.09
(104)
66.39
(103)
67.41
 Guinea (110)
65.66
(107)
66.51
(104)
68.10
(101)
66.85
(108)
66.92
 Bulgaria (111)
64.94
(111)
64.89
(111)
64.78
(109)
64.99
(113)
65.54
   Nepal (112)
64.90
(106)
66.60
(106)
67.95
(100)
66.98
(105)
67.38
 Benin (113)
64.89
(096)
68.26
(084)
69.84
(078)
69.68
(078)
71.03
 Bolivia (114)
64.63
(113)
64.62
(110)
67.55
(107)
66.12
(097)
68.22
 Nigeria (115)
64.37
(120)
63.50
(119)
62.59
(122)
60.31
(116)
64.10
 Guatemala (116)
64.26
(116)
64.06
(116)
63.83
(118)
60.67
(121)
61.97
 Nicaragua (117)
64.19
(114)
64.47
(090)
69.59
(092)
68.99
(075)
71.18
 Congo (118)
63.44
(117)
63.96
(114)
64.58
(115)
63.27
(115)
64.16
 Indonesia (119)
63.18
(124)
63.23
(124)
60.32
(124)
60.07
(130)
58.28
 Zambia (120)
63.00
(119)
63.62
(113)
64.64
(114)
63.52
(114)
64.92
 Gabon (121)
62.80
(115)
64.40
(108)
67.63
(108)
65.17
(100)
67.80
 Afghanistan (122)
62.30
(121)
63.45
(118)
62.72
(120)
60.54
(120)
62.25
 Chad (123)
60.30
(122)
63.29
(123)
61.55
(121)
60.34
(127)
59.41
 Tanzania (124)
59.75
(118)
63.72
(093)
69.35
(083)
69.35
(071)
71.35
 Uganda (125)
59.05
(125)
60.58
(117)
64.23
(112)
64.06
(102)
67.42
 Zimbabwe (126)
59.05
(127)
57.77
(126)
59.47
(128)
58.56
(124)
59.59
 Sri Lanka (127)
58.06
(126)
60.39
(131)
58.63
(141)
55.66
(141)
55.04
 Jordan (128)
57.92
(130)
56.89
(132)
58.29
(138)
56.76
(135)
55.51
 Qatar (129)
57.49
(128)
57.49
(125)
59.84
(123)
60.17
(117)
64.03
 Colombia (130)
57.34
(129)
57.18
(130)
58.97
(129)
58.53
(134)
55.89
 United Arab Emirates (131)
57.31
(133)
56.37
(128)
59.14
(119)
60.61
(119)
63.27
 Central African Republic (132)
57.13
(145)
52.73
(112)
64.75
(113)
63.88
(110)
66.40
 Morocco (133)
57.12
(135)
56.02
(135)
56.87
(133)
57.58
(131)
57.36
 Cameroon (134)
56.72
(131)
56.68
(129)
59.08
(130)
58.41
(126)
59.47
 Oman (135)
56.58
(132)
56.58
(127)
59.33
(126)
59.54
(125)
59.57
 Philippines (136)
56.46
(134)
56.09
(133)
57.47
(127)
58.92
(138)
55.34
 Palestine (137)
55.91
(137)
55.32
(134)
57.04
(135)
57.10
(132)
57.07
 South Sudan (138)
55.51
(139)
54.35
(144)
53.12
(145)
51.84
(140)
55.13
 Myanmar (139)
55.23
(138)
55.08
(137)
56.85
(131)
58.18
(143)
54.52
 Thailand (140)
55.06
(136)
55.90
(140)
55.69
(142)
55.31
(136)
55.47
 Eswatini (141)
54.85
(147)
50.91
(152)
48.54
(152)
48.73
(153)
47.63
 India (142)
54.67
(140)
54.33
(138)
56.76
(136)
57.06
(133)
56.83
 Mexico (143)
54.55
(144)
53.22
(147)
51.09
(147)
51.03
(149)
50.67
 Cambodia (144)
54.54
(143)
54.10
(142)
54.10
(132)
57.93
(128)
59.30
 Pakistan (145)
54.48
(142)
54.17
(139)
56.76
(139)
56.45
(147)
51.48
 Algeria (146)
54.48
(141)
54.25
(136)
56.87
(134)
57.17
(129)
58.31
 Venezuela (147)
54.34
(148)
50.90
(143)
53.97
(137)
57.06
(139)
55.23
 Honduras (148)
51.80
(146)
51.47
(141)
54.77
(140)
56.25
(137)
55.38
 Russia (149)
51.08
(149)
49.69
(148)
50.04
(148)
50.55
(148)
50.97
 DR Congo (150)
50.91
(154)
48.29
(154)
48.40
(154)
47.33
(152)
49.03
 Bangladesh (151)
50.63
(150)
49.26
(146)
51.38
(146)
51.64
(144)
54.06
 Brunei (152)
50.35
(152)
48.52
(153)
48.52
(156)
46.28
(155)
46.15
 Belarus (153)
50.25
(153)
48.34
(155)
47.41
(153)
47.57
(157)
45.68
 Turkey (154)
49.98
(157)
47.19
(157)
46.50
(155)
47.02
(151)
49.24
 Rwanda (155)
49.66
(155)
47.57
(156)
47.10
(159)
45.89
(161)
45.39
 Uzbekistan (156)
46.93
(160)
46.48
(165)
39.16
(169)
33.89
(166)
38.85
 Kazakhstan (157)
45.89
(158)
47.18
(158)
45.59
(157)
45.99
(160)
45.45
 Singapore (158)
44.77
(151)
48.59
(151)
49.05
(151)
48.90
(154)
47.04
 Sudan (159)
44.67
(175)
27.55
(174)
28.87
(174)
26.44
(174)
27.47
 Burundi (160)
44.67
(159)
47.11
(159)
44.74
(160)
44.22
(156)
45.90
 Tajikistan (161)
44.66
(161)
45.98
(149)
49.94
(149)
49.73
(150)
49.66
 Iraq (162)
44.63
(156)
47.40
(160)
43.44
(158)
45.97
(158)
45.65
 Somalia (163)
44.55
(164)
42.76
(168)
36.96
(167)
34.05
(167)
34.65
 Libya (164)
44.23
(162)
44.23
(162)
43.21
(163)
43.19
(164)
42.11
 Equatorial Guinea (165)
43.62
(165)
41.65
(171)
33.53
(171)
33.53
(168)
33.53
 Egypt (166)
43.18
(163)
43.53
(161)
43.28
(161)
44.22
(159)
45.55
 Yemen (167)
41.75
(168)
38.34
(167)
37.77
(166)
34.20
(170)
32.93
 Azerbaijan (168)
41.52
(166)
40.87
(163)
40.27
(162)
43.60
(163)
42.11
 Bahrain (169)
39.87
(167)
38.69
(166)
39.15
(164)
41.12
(162)
45.14
 Saudi Arabia (170)
37.86
(172)
34.12
(169)
36.87
(168)
33.98
(165)
40.28
 Cuba (171)
36.19
(169)
36.19
(172)
31.10
(173)
28.25
(171)
29.77
 Laos (172)
35.72
(171)
35.51
(170)
33.59
(170)
33.59
(173)
28.42
 Iran (173)
35.19
(170)
35.59
(164)
39.29
(165)
34.88
(169)
33.48
 Syria (174)
27.43
(174)
28.22
(177)
20.78
(177)
18.51
(177)
18.65
 Vietnam (175)
25.29
(176)
25.07
(175)
24.95
(175)
26.04
(175)
25.73
 Djibouti (176)
23.27
(173)
28.64
(173)
29.23
(172)
29.46
(172)
29.10
 China (177)
21.52
(177)
21.08
(176)
21.71
(176)
22.34
(176)
19.04
 Eritrea (178)
16.50
(178)
19.74
(179)
15.76
(179)
15.76
(180)
16.08
 Turkmenistan (179)
14.56
(180)
14.56
(178)
15.80
(178)
15.81
(178)
16.56
 North Korea (180)
14.18
(179)
16.60
(180)
11.13
(180)
15.02
(179)
16.24

See also

References

  1. ^ "2022 World Press Freedom Index". Reporters Without Borders. 2022.
  2. ^ a b How the index was compiled Archived 19 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Reporters Without Border, 2013
  3. ^ 2022 World Press Freedom Index, Methodology Reporters Without Borders, 2022
  4. ^ Index 2020 – Global score, Reporters Without Borders
  5. ^ "Index 2019 – Global score". Reporters Without Borders. Retrieved 16 August 2022.
  6. ^ Index 2018 – Global score, Reporters Without Borders
  7. ^ Index 2017 – Global score, Reporters Without Borders
  8. ^ Index 2016 – Global score, Reporters Without Borders