Country Rankings on Press Freedom

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

 

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