Country Rankings on Press Freedom

Country Rankings on Press Freedom 1

Norway was ranked as the freest country for journalism

World Press Freedom Index 2019 was conducted by the Reporters without Borders (RDF) which identifies the level of freedom available to journalists covering 180 countries across the world.

The index was analyzed through gathering responses from a group of experts from a questionnaire developed by RSF. Factors which were taken into account in the index are:

1) Pluralism;
2) Media independence;
3) Environment and self-censorship;
4) Legislative framework;
5) Transparency;
6) Infrastructure; and
7) Abuses

According to the report, Norway tops the list in terms of press freedom with a score of 7.82. It is joined by Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, and Denmark with a score of 7.9, 8.31, 8.63, and 9.87 respectively.

At the bottom list are Turkmenistan (85.44), North Korea (83.40), Eritrea (80.26), China (78.92), and Vietnam (74.93).

2019 Global Press Freedom Index


Rank CountryGlobal Score
1Country Rankings on Press Freedom 3Norway7.82
2Country Rankings on Press Freedom 4Finland7.9
3Country Rankings on Press Freedom 5Sweden8.31
4Country Rankings on Press Freedom 6Netherlands8.63
5Country Rankings on Press Freedom 7Denmark9.87
6Country Rankings on Press Freedom 8Switzerland10.52
7Country Rankings on Press Freedom 9New Zealand10.75
8Country Rankings on Press Freedom 10Jamaica11.13
9Country Rankings on Press Freedom 11Belgium12.07
10Country Rankings on Press Freedom 12Costa Rica12.24
11Country Rankings on Press Freedom 13Estonia12.27
12Country Rankings on Press Freedom 14Portugal12.63
13Country Rankings on Press Freedom 15Germany14.6
14Country Rankings on Press Freedom 16Iceland14.71
15Country Rankings on Press Freedom 17Ireland15
16Country Rankings on Press Freedom 18Austria15.33
17Country Rankings on Press Freedom 19Luxembourg15.66
18Country Rankings on Press Freedom 20Canada15.69
19Country Rankings on Press Freedom 21Uruguay16.06
20Country Rankings on Press Freedom 22Suriname16.38
21Country Rankings on Press Freedom 23Australia16.55
22Country Rankings on Press Freedom 24Samoa18.25
23Country Rankings on Press Freedom 25Namibia18.95
24Country Rankings on Press Freedom 26Latvia19.53
25Country Rankings on Press Freedom 27Cape Verde19.81
26Country Rankings on Press Freedom 28Liechtenstein20.49
27Country Rankings on Press Freedom 29Ghana20.81
28Country Rankings on Press Freedom 30Cyprus21.74
29Country Rankings on Press Freedom 31Spain21.99
30Country Rankings on Press Freedom 32Lithuania22.06
31Country Rankings on Press Freedom 33South Africa22.19
32Country Rankings on Press Freedom 34France22.21
33Country Rankings on Press Freedom 35United Kingdom22.23
34Country Rankings on Press Freedom 36Slovenia22.31
35Country Rankings on Press Freedom 37Slovakia23.58
36Country Rankings on Press Freedom 38Burkina Faso24.53
37Country Rankings on Press Freedom 39Andorra24.63
38Country Rankings on Press Freedom 40Papua New Guinea24.7
39Country Rankings on Press Freedom 41Trinidad and Tobago24.74
40Country Rankings on Press Freedom 42Czech Republic24.89
41Country Rankings on Press Freedom 43South Korea24.94
42Country Rankings on Press Freedom 44Taiwan24.98
43Country Rankings on Press Freedom 45Italy24.98
44Country Rankings on Press Freedom 46Botswana25.09
45Country Rankings on Press Freedom 47Tonga25.41
46Country Rankings on Press Freedom 48Chile25.65
47Country Rankings on Press Freedom 49Romania25.67
48Country Rankings on Press Freedom 50United States of America25.69
49Country Rankings on Press Freedom 51Senegal25.81
50Country Rankings on Press Freedom 52Organization of Eastern Caribbean States26.04
51Country Rankings on Press Freedom 53Guyana26.63
52Country Rankings on Press Freedom 54Fiji27.18
53Country Rankings on Press Freedom 55Belize27.5
54Country Rankings on Press Freedom 56Madagascar27.76
55Country Rankings on Press Freedom 57Dominican Republic27.9
56Country Rankings on Press Freedom 58Comoros27.91
57Country Rankings on Press Freedom 59Argentina28.3
58Country Rankings on Press Freedom 60Mauritius28.46
59Country Rankings on Press Freedom 61Poland28.89
60Country Rankings on Press Freedom 62Georgia28.98
61Country Rankings on Press Freedom 63Armenia28.98
62Country Rankings on Press Freedom 64Haiti29
63Country Rankings on Press Freedom 65Bosnia and Herzegovina29.02
64Country Rankings on Press Freedom 66Croatia29.03
65Country Rankings on Press Freedom 67Greece29.08
66Country Rankings on Press Freedom 68Niger29.26
67Country Rankings on Press Freedom 69Japan29.36
68Country Rankings on Press Freedom 70Malawi29.36
69Country Rankings on Press Freedom 71Seychelles29.41
70Country Rankings on Press Freedom 72Mongolia29.51
71Country Rankings on Press Freedom 73Côte d'Ivoire29.52
72Country Rankings on Press Freedom 74Tunisia29.61
73Country Rankings on Press Freedom 75Hong Kong29.65
74Country Rankings on Press Freedom 76Northern Cyprus29.67
75Country Rankings on Press Freedom 77Kosovo29.68
76Country Rankings on Press Freedom 78Togo29.69
77Country Rankings on Press Freedom 79Malta29.74
78Country Rankings on Press Freedom 80Lesotho29.74
79Country Rankings on Press Freedom 81Panama29.78
80Country Rankings on Press Freedom 82Bhutan29.81
81Country Rankings on Press Freedom 83El Salvador29.81
82Country Rankings on Press Freedom 84Albania29.84
83Country Rankings on Press Freedom 80Kyrgyzstan29.92
84Country Rankings on Press Freedom 86Timor-Leste29.93
85Country Rankings on Press Freedom 87Peru30.22
86Country Rankings on Press Freedom 88Sierra Leone30.36
87Country Rankings on Press Freedom 89Hungary30.44
88Country Rankings on Press Freedom 90Israel30.8
89Country Rankings on Press Freedom 91Guinea-Bissau30.95
90Country Rankings on Press Freedom 92Serbia31.18
91Country Rankings on Press Freedom 93Moldova31.21
92Country Rankings on Press Freedom 94Gambia31.35
93Country Rankings on Press Freedom 95Liberia31.49
94Country Rankings on Press Freedom 96Mauritania31.65
95Country Rankings on Press Freedom 97North Macedonia31.66
96Country Rankings on Press Freedom 98Benin31.74
97Country Rankings on Press Freedom 99Ecuador31.88
98Country Rankings on Press Freedom 100Maldives32.16
99Country Rankings on Press Freedom 101Paraguay32.4
100Country Rankings on Press Freedom 102Kenya32.44
101Country Rankings on Press Freedom 103Lebanon32.44
102Country Rankings on Press Freedom 104Ukraine32.46
103Country Rankings on Press Freedom 105Mozambique32.66
104Country Rankings on Press Freedom 106Montenegro32.74
105Country Rankings on Press Freedom 107Brazil32.79
106Country Rankings on Press Freedom 108Nepal33.4
107Country Rankings on Press Freedom 109Guinea33.49
108Country Rankings on Press Freedom 103Kuwait33.86
109Country Rankings on Press Freedom 111Angola34.96
110Country Rankings on Press Freedom 112Ethiopia35.11
111Country Rankings on Press Freedom 113Bulgaria35.11
112Country Rankings on Press Freedom 114Mali35.23
113Country Rankings on Press Freedom 115Bolivia35.38
114Country Rankings on Press Freedom 116Nicaragua35.53
115Country Rankings on Press Freedom 117Gabon35.6
116Country Rankings on Press Freedom 118Guatemala35.94
117Country Rankings on Press Freedom 119Republic of the Congo36.04
118Country Rankings on Press Freedom 120Tanzania36.28
119Country Rankings on Press Freedom 121Zambia36.38
120Country Rankings on Press Freedom 122Nigeria36.5
121Country Rankings on Press Freedom 123Afghanistan36.55
122Country Rankings on Press Freedom 49Chad36.71
123Country Rankings on Press Freedom 125Malaysia36.74
124Country Rankings on Press Freedom 126Indonesia36.77
125Country Rankings on Press Freedom 127Uganda39.42
126Country Rankings on Press Freedom 128Sri Lanka39.61
127Country Rankings on Press Freedom 129Zimbabwe42.23
128Country Rankings on Press Freedom 130Qatar42.51
129Country Rankings on Press Freedom 131Colombia42.82
130Country Rankings on Press Freedom 132Jordan43.11
131Country Rankings on Press Freedom 133Cameroon43.32
132Country Rankings on Press Freedom 134Oman43.42
133Country Rankings on Press Freedom 135United Arab Emirates43.63
134Country Rankings on Press Freedom 136Philippines43.91
135Country Rankings on Press Freedom 137Morocco43.98
136Country Rankings on Press Freedom 138Thailand44.1
137Country Rankings on Press Freedom 139Palestine44.68
138Country Rankings on Press Freedom 140Myanmar44.92
139Country Rankings on Press Freedom 141South Sudan45.65
140Country Rankings on Press Freedom 142India45.67
141Country Rankings on Press Freedom 143Algeria45.75
142Country Rankings on Press Freedom 144Pakistan45.83
143Country Rankings on Press Freedom 133Cambodia45.9
144Country Rankings on Press Freedom 146Mexico46.78
145Country Rankings on Press Freedom 147Central African Republic47.27
146Country Rankings on Press Freedom 148Honduras48.53
147Country Rankings on Press Freedom 149eSwatini49.09
148Country Rankings on Press Freedom 150Venezuela49.1
149Country Rankings on Press Freedom 151Russia50.31
150Country Rankings on Press Freedom 152Bangladesh50.74
151Country Rankings on Press Freedom 153Singapore51.41
152Country Rankings on Press Freedom 154Brunei Darussalam51.48
153Country Rankings on Press Freedom 155Belarus51.66
154Country Rankings on Press Freedom 156Democratic Republic of the Congo51.71
155Country Rankings on Press Freedom 157Rwanda52.43
156Country Rankings on Press Freedom 158Iraq52.6
157Country Rankings on Press Freedom 159Turkey52.81
158Country Rankings on Press Freedom 160Kazakhstan52.82
159Country Rankings on Press Freedom 161Burundi52.89
160Country Rankings on Press Freedom 162Uzbekistan53.52
161Country Rankings on Press Freedom 163Tajikistan54.02
162Country Rankings on Press Freedom 26Libya55.77
163Country Rankings on Press Freedom 165Egypt56.47
164Country Rankings on Press Freedom 166Somalia57.24
165Country Rankings on Press Freedom 167Equatorial Guinea58.35
166Country Rankings on Press Freedom 168Azerbaijan59.13
167Country Rankings on Press Freedom 169Bahrain61.31
168Country Rankings on Press Freedom 170Yemen61.66
169Country Rankings on Press Freedom 171Cuba63.81
170Country Rankings on Press Freedom 172Iran64.41
171Country Rankings on Press Freedom 95Laos64.49
172Country Rankings on Press Freedom 174Saudi Arabia65.88
173Country Rankings on Press Freedom 175Djibouti71.36
174Country Rankings on Press Freedom 176Syria71.78
175Country Rankings on Press Freedom 177Sudan72.45
176Country Rankings on Press Freedom 178Vietnam74.93
177Country Rankings on Press Freedom 179China78.92
178Country Rankings on Press Freedom 180Eritrea80.26
179Country Rankings on Press Freedom 181North Korea83.4
180Country Rankings on Press Freedom 182Turkmenistan85.44

 

Source: Reporters Without Borders
Full report: 2019 Global Press Freedom Index