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Press Freedom Index

Summary: The Press Freedom Index (PFI), published annually by Reporters Without Borders, measures the level of freedom of information in 179 countries. It reflects the degree of freedom that journalists, news organizations and citizens enjoy in each country, and the efforts made by the authorities to respect and ensure respect for this freedom.

Main Points: The 2013 PFI is based on a 50-question checklist on the incidence and severity of restrictions on reporters and the media. It is based partly on a questionnaire that is sent to our partner organizations (18 freedom of expression NGOs located in all five continents), to our network of 150 correspondents, and to journalists, researchers, jurists and human rights activists.

The 179 countries ranked in 2013 year’s index are those for which Reporters Without Borders received completed questionnaires from various sources. Some countries were not included because of a lack of reliable, confirmed data.

The questions consider six general criteria. Using a system of weighting for each possible response, countries are given a score of between 0 and 100 for each of the six overall criteria. These scores are then used as indicators in calculating each country’s final score.

·        Pluralism

·        Media Independence

·        Environment and self-censorship

·        Legislative framework

·        Transparency

·        Infrastructure

·        Information

The dataset covers global sample of countries.

Access to database: http://en.rsf.org/press-freedom-index-2013,1054.html

Source: 2013 World Press Freedom Index – Methodology http://en.rsf.org/press-freedom-index-2013,1054.html

Page Created By:  Madina Junussova. The content presented on this page is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases. This material does not necessarily reflect the official view of the publishing organization.


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