“The Index ranks 180 countries according to the level of freedom available to journalists,” the report stated. “It is a snapshot of the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country.
“It does not rank public policies even if governments obviously have a major impact on their country’s ranking,” the report stated. “Nor is it an indicator of the quality of journalism in each country.
“Along with the Index, RSF calculates a global indicator and regional indicators that evaluate the overall performance of countries (in the world and in each region) as regards media freedom,” the report stated. “It is an absolute measure that complements the Index’s comparative rankings.
“The global indicator is the average of the regional indicators, each of which is obtained by averaging the scores of all the countries in the region, weighted according to their population as given by the World Bank,” the report stated.
The top 10 countries for freedom of the press, from one to 10, are Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Sweden, Ireland and Jamaica.
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