Press Freedom? by Dave Taylor


The pressure group Reporters Sans Frontieres (Reporters Without Borders) have published their 2010 world rankings for freedom of the press (1).  The UK received its highest ever rating – 19th, but it is not known whether they were aware of the position in Scotland.

Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said “We must also pay homage to the human rights activists, journalists and bloggers throughout the world who bravely defend the right to speak out.”

Sweden distinguishes itself by its Press Freedom Act, which has helped to create a particularly favourable climate for the work of journalists, by the strength of its institutions and by its respect for all those sectors of society including the media whose role in a democracy is to question and challenge those in positions of power.

The top 20 places in the world are held by:

Rank    Country

1          Finland

–           Iceland

–           Netherlands

–           Norway

–           Sweden

–           Switzerland

7          Austria

8          New Zealand

9          Estonia

–           Ireland

11        Denmark

–           Japan

–           Lithuania

14        Belgium

–           Luxembourg

–           Malta

17        Germany

18        Australia

19        United Kingdom

20        USA