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Freedom of the Press (report)


Freedom of the Press (report)

2013 Freedom of the Press Classifications[1]

Freedom of the Press is a yearly report by US-based Freedom House, measuring the level of freedom and editorial independence enjoyed by the press in nations and significant disputed territories around the world.

Changes in Freedom of the Press Classifications 1989-2013[2]

Percentage of countries in each classification by year


  • Methodology 1
  • 2012 report 2
    • Americas 2.1
    • Asia-Pacific 2.2
    • Central and Eastern Europe, Former Soviet Union 2.3
    • Middle East and North Africa 2.4
    • Sub-Saharan Africa 2.5
    • Western Europe 2.6
  • See also 3
  • References 4


The ratings process involves several dozen analysts (Freedom House staff and consultants) who develop draft ratings using information gathered from professional contacts in a variety of countries, staff and consultant travel, international visitors, the findings of human rights and press freedom organizations, specialists in geographic and geopolitical areas, the reports of governments and multilateral bodies, members of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) network, and a variety of domestic and international news media. Countries are given a total score from 0 (most free) to 100 (least free) on the basis of a set of 23 methodology questions and 109 indicators divided into three broad categories covering the legal, political, and economic environment. Based on the scores, the countries are then classified as "Free" (0 to 30), "Partly Free" (31 to 60), or "Not Free" (61 to 100). The draft ratings are reviewed on an individual and a comparative basis, compared with the previous year’s findings, any major proposed numerical shifts or category changes are subject to more intense scrutiny, and assessments are made to ensure comparability and consistency in the findings from country to country, region to region, and year to year. While there is an element of subjectivity inherent in the rating process, it emphasizes intellectual rigor, recognizes cultural differences, diverse national interests, and varying levels of economic development, and attempts to produce balanced and unbiased ratings.[3]

2012 report

The Freedom of the Press 2012 report covers events that took place between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2011.[4]
  Not Free
  Partly Free



Central and Eastern Europe, Former Soviet Union

Middle East and North Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa

Western Europe

See also


  1. ^ "Freedom of the Press 2013".  
  2. ^ "Freedom of the Press 2013". Global Press Freedom Rankings and Freedom of the Press Category Breakdown Data: Global Category Breakdown 1989-2012. Freedom House. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Methodology", Freedom of the Press 2012, Freedom House, 21 June 2012, retrieved 2 August 2012
  4. ^ "Freedom of the Press 2012".  
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