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Press Freedom Rankings by Region 2005

2005 Edition

 

Sub-Saharan Africa

Rank Country Rating Status
1 Mali 23 Free
2 Ghana 26 Free
2 South Africa 26 Free
4 Mauritius 28 Free
4 Sao Tome & Principe 28 Free
6 Namibia 29 Free
7 Benin 30 Free
7 Botswana 30 Free
9 Cape Verde 32 Partly Free
10 Senegal 37 Partly Free
11 Burkina Faso 40 Partly Free
12 Lesotho 42 Partly Free
13 Comoros 44 Partly Free
13 Uganda 44 Partly Free
15 Mozambique 45 Partly Free
16 Madagascar 50 Partly Free
17 Congo (Brazzaville) 51 Partly Free
17 Tanzania 51 Partly Free
19 Nigeria 52 Partly Free
20 Niger 53 Partly Free
21 Malawi 54 Partly Free
22 Guinea-Bissau 55 Partly Free
23 Seychelles 58 Partly Free
24 Sierra Leone 59 Partly Free
25 Kenya 61 Not Free
26 Central African Republic 63 Not Free
27 Mauritania 65 Not Free
27 Zambia 65 Not Free
29 Angola 66 Not Free
29 Gabon 66 Not Free
31 Djibouti 67 Not Free
32 Cameroon 68 Not Free
32 Ethiopia 68 Not Free
34 Cote d'Ivoire 69 Not Free
35 The Gambia 72 Not Free
36 Chad 73 Not Free
36 Guinea 73 Not Free
36 Liberia 73 Not Free
36 Togo 73 Not Free
40 Burundi 74 Not Free
41 Swaziland 79 Not Free
42 Congo (Kinshasa) 81 Not Free
43 Somalia 83 Not Free
44 Rwanda 84 Not Free
45 Sudan 86 Not Free
46 Equatorial Guinea 88 Not Free
47 Zimbabwe 89 Not Free
48 Eritrea 91 Not Free
 

Status Number of Countries Total

Free

8

17%

Partly Free

16

33%

Not Free

24

50%

Total

48

100%


Americas

Rank Country Rating Status
1 Bahamas 14 Free
2 Jamaica 15 Free
3 St. Lucia 16 Free
3 St. Vincent & Grenadines 16 Free
5 Barbados 17 Free
5 Canada 17 Free
5 Dominica 17 Free
5 United States 17 Free
9 Costa Rica 19 Free
10 Belize 20 Free
10 Grenada 20 Free
10 Suriname 20 Free
13 Guyana 23 Free
13 St. Kitts & Nevis 23 Free
15 Chile 24 Free
15 Trinidad & Tobago 24 Free
17 Uruguay 29 Free
18 Bolivia 35 Partly Free
19 Dominican Republic 38 Partly Free
20 Antigua & Barbuda 40 Partly Free
20 Brazil 40 Partly Free
20 Peru 40 Partly Free
23 Argentina 41 Partly Free
23 Ecuador 41 Partly Free
23 El Salvador 41 Partly Free
26 Mexico 42 Partly Free
26 Nicaragua 42 Partly Free
28 Panama 44 Partly Free
29 Honduras 51 Partly Free
30 Paraguay 56 Partly Free
31 Guatemala 58 Partly Free
32 Colombia 63 Not Free
33 Haiti 66 Not Free
34 Venezuela 72 Not Free
35 Cuba 96 Not Free

Status Number of Countries Percent of Total

Free

17

49%

Partly Free

14

40%

Not Free

4

11%

Total

35

100%

 

Asia-Pacific

Rank Country Rating Status
1 New Zealand 12 Free
2 Marshall Islands 13 Free
2 Palau 13 Free
4 Australia 18 Free
4 Micronesia 18 Free
6 Japan 20 Free
6 Tuvalu 20 Free
8 Taiwan 21 Free
9 Vanuatu 24 Free
10 Samoa 25 Free
11 Kiribati 26 Free
12 Hong Kong 28 Free
13 Nauru 29 Free
13 Papua New Guinea 29 Free
13 South Korea 29 Free
16 East Timor 30 Free
16 Fiji 30 Free
16 Solomon Islands 30 Free
19 Mongolia 35 Partly Free
19 Philippines 35 Partly Free
21 Tonga 37 Partly Free
22 India 38 Partly Free
23 Thailand 42 Partly Free
24 Sri Lanka 56 Partly Free
25 Indonesia 58 Partly Free
26 Pakistan 61 Not Free
27 Cambodia 62 Not Free
28 Bhutan 66 Not Free
28 Singapore 66 Not Free
30 Afghanistan 68 Not Free
30 Bangladesh 68 Not Free
30 Maldives 68 Not Free
33 Malaysia 69 Not Free
33 Nepal 69 Not Free
35 Brunei 75 Not Free
36 China 82 Not Free
36 Vietnam 82 Not Free
38 Laos 83 Not Free
39 Burma 96 Not Free
40 North Korea 97 Not Free

Status Number of Countries Percent of Total

Free

18

45%

Partly Free

7

17.5%

Not Free

15

37.5%

Total

40

100%

 

Middle East and North Africa

Rank Country Rating Status
1 Israel 28 Free
2 Kuwait 58 Partly Free
3 Lebanon 60 Partly Free
4 Jordan 62 Not Free
4 Qatar 62 Not Free
6 Morocco 63 Not Free
7 Algeria 64 Not Free
8 Egypt 68 Not Free
9 Iraq 70 Not Free
10 Bahrain 71 Not Free
11 Oman 72 Not Free
11 United Arab Emirates 72 Not Free
13 Yemen 76 Not Free
14 Iran 80 Not Free
14 Saudi Arabia 80 Not Free
14 Tunisia 80 Not Free
17 Syria 83 Not Free
18 Israeli-Occupied Territories/ Palestinian Authority 84 Not Free
19 Libya 95 Not Free

Status Number of Countries Percent of Total

Free

1

5%

Partly Free

2

11%

Not Free

16

84%

Total

19

100%

 

Central and Eastern Europe- Former Soviet Union

Rank Country Ratings Status
1 Estonia 17 Free
1 Latvia 17 Free
3 Lithuania 18 Free
4 Slovenia 19 Free
5 Poland 20 Free
6 Hungary 21 Free
6 Slovakia 21 Free
8 Czech Republic 22 Free
9 Bulgaria 35 Partly Free
10 Croatia 37 Partly Free
11 Serbia and Montenegro 40 Partly Free
12 Bosnia-Herzegovina 45 Partly Free
13 Romania 47 Partly Free
14 Albania 51 Partly Free
14 Macedonia 51 Partly Free
16 Georgia 56 Partly Free
17 Ukraine 59 Partly Free
18 Armenia 64 Not Free
19 Moldova 65 Not Free
20 Russia 68 Not Free
21 Kyrgyzstan 71 Not Free
22 Azerbaijan 72 Not Free
23 Tajikistan 74 Not Free
24 Kazakhstan 75 Not Free
25 Uzbekistan 85 Not Free
26 Belarus 86 Not Free
27 Turkmenistan 96 Not Free

Status Number of Countries Percent of Total

Free

8

30%

Partly Free

9

33%

Not Free

10

37%

Total

27

100%

 

Western Europe

Rank Country Rating Status
1 Finland 9 Free
1 Iceland 9 Free
1 Sweden 9 Free
4 Denmark 10 Free
4 Norway 10 Free
6 Belgium 11 Free
6 Luxembourg 11 Free
6 Netherlands 11 Free
6 Switzerland 11 Free
10 Andorra 14 Free
10 Liechtenstein 14 Free
10 Monaco 14 Free
10 Portugal 14 Free
14 Ireland 15 Free
15 Germany 16 Free
15 San Marino 16 Free
17 Malta 18 Free
17 United Kingdom 18 Free
19 France 20 Free
20 Austria 21 Free
21 Cyprus 22 Free
21 Spain 22 Free
23 Greece 28 Free
24 Italy 35 Partly Free
25 Turkey 48 Partly Free

 

Status Number of Countries Percent of Total

Free

23

92%

Partly Free

2

8%

Not Free

0

0%

Total

25

100%