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The 2005 press freedom ranking

The 2005 press freedom ranking compiled by the " Reporters without borders" is out. There has been a lot of movement in the middle, most notably the decline of the United States from 22nd to 44th place, while at top and bottom there is little movement with North Korea firmly claiming the last place. I'm sure the report will make it into the media (maybe not in the lower quadrant) and finger pointing, questioning and spinning will take place. The report is quite interesting proving the claims wrong that press freedom (fostered by democracy) both needs wealth and a long development time. East Timor is a shining example, being one of the youngest countries and topping all its Asian neighbours.
  2002 2003 2004 2005
USA 17 31 22 44
USA (outside) - 135 108 137
Germany 7 8 11 18
Singapore - 144 147 140
Malaysia 110 104 122 113
Indonesia 57 110 117 102
Thailand 65 82 59 107
Myanmar 137 164 165 163
East Timor - 30 57 58
Guinea 117 139 133 133

And its nice to see that Singapore has improve its ranking, while it still has to catch up with its immediate neighbours. I have "normalized" the values to the base 100, the result is the graph below.


We should never forget, that freedom is not 10 different types of cereals on your supermarket shelf, but: " Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently." (We had that Lady before)

Posted by on 23 October 2005 | Comments (1) | categories: Intercultural


  1. posted by Ben Langhinrichs on Friday 28 October 2005 AD:
    Interesting report. I have not heard a single word about it here in the US in either of the two newspapers or on TV. Hmm.