Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Crackdowns on Protests Cause Big Changes to Index Positions

2011-2012 World Press Freedom Index,  prepared by Reporters Without Borders for Freedom of Information, January 2012, 25.

From the report: "Crackdown was the word of the year in 2011. Never has freedom of information been so clo­sely associated with democracy. Never have journalists, through their reporting, vexed the enemies of freedom so much. Never have acts of censorship and physical attacks on jour­nalists seemed so numerous. The equation is simple: the absence or suppression of civil liberties leads necessarily to the suppression of media freedom. Dictatorships fear and ban information, especially when it may undermine them. It is no surprise that the same trio of countries, Eritrea, Turkmenistan and North Korea, abso­lute dictatorships that permit no civil liberties, again occupy the last three places in the index. This year, they are immediately preceded at the bottom by Syria, Iran and China, three countries that seem to have lost contact with reality as they have been sucked into an insane spiral of terror, and by Bahrain and Vietnam, quintessen­tial oppressive regimes."  Read more