THE InBUSINESS INDEX
Press Freedom 2
In this issue, InBUSINESS explores data from the 2015 World Press Freedom Index.
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7.52 7.75 8.24 9.22 9.47 6th New Zealand
10.06 10.85 10.99 11.18 11.19 11th
Ireland fares well in the rankings, coming 11th in the world and just missing a top ten spot by 0.01 points. It has jumped five places from last yearâ€™s ranking of 16th but it has previously held top spot for global press freedom on four occasions: in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009.
Andorra, the country that experienced the sharpest fall this year, has paid the price for the lack of independence of its media from financial, political and religious interests. It fell by 27 places as a result of the many conflicts of interests and the great difficulty experienced by journalists in covering the activities of Andorran banks.
Journalists working in Libya have lived through a chaotic period since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, during which Reporters Without Borders recorded seven murders and 37 kidnappings of journalists. Faced with such violence, more than 40 people working in the media decided to leave the country in 2014.
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ABOUT THE WORLD PRESS FREEDOM INDEX The Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria that include media pluralism and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists, and the legislative, institutional and infrastructural environment in which the media operate. The 2015 World Press Freedom Index highlights the worldwide deterioration in freedom of information in 2014. Beset by wars, the growing threat from non-state operatives, violence during demonstrations and the economic crisis, media freedom is in retreat on all five continents. Two-thirds of the 180 countries surveyed for the Index performed less well than in the previous year. For the full report findings go to: http://index.rsf.org/#!/index-details
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