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Extra-territorial U.S. Placed 119 On Worldwide Press Freedom Index

In the fifth annual Reporters Without Borders Worldwide Press Freedom Index, the extra-territorial U.S. press is placed 119 on the worldwide index, with territorial U.S. dropping from 17th position in 2002 to 53rd position.

http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=19381

"The United States (53rd) has fallen nine places since last year, after being in 17th position in the first year of the Index, in 2002. Relations between the media and the Bush administration sharply deteriorated after the president used the pretext of “national security” to regard as suspicious any journalist who questioned his “war on terrorism.” The zeal of federal courts which, unlike those in 33 US states, refuse to recognise the media’s right not to reveal its sources, even threatens journalists whose investigations have no connection at all with terrorism.

Freelance journalist and blogger Josh Wolf was imprisoned when he refused to hand over his video archives. Sudanese cameraman Sami al-Haj, who works for the pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera, has been held without trial since June 2002 at the US military base at Guantanamo, and Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein has been held by US authorities in Iraq since April this year."

"Each year new countries in less-developed parts of the world move up the Index to positions above some European countries or the United States. This is good news and shows once again that, even though very poor, countries can be very observant of freedom of expression. Meanwhile the steady erosion of press freedom in the United States, France and Japan is extremely alarming,” Reporters Without Borders said.

N° Country Score 
1 Finland 0,50 
- Iceland 0,50 
- Ireland 0,50 
- Netherlands 0,50 
5 Czech Republic 0,75 
6 Estonia 2,00 
- Norway 2,00 
8 Slovakia 2,50 
- Switzerland 2,50 
10 Hungary 3,00 
- Latvia 3,00 
- Portugal 3,00 
- Slovenia 3,00 
14 Belgium 4,00 
- Sweden 4,00 
16 Austria 4,50 
- Bolivia 4,50 
- Canada 4,50 
19 Bosnia and Herzegovina 5,00 
- Denmark 5,00 
- New-Zealand 5,00 
- Trinidad and Tobago 5,00 
23 Benin 5,50 
- Germany 5,50 
- Jamaica 5,50 
26 Namibia 6,00 
27 Lithuania 6,50 
- United Kingdom 6,50 
29 Costa Rica 6,67 
30 Cyprus 7,50 
31 South Korea 7,75 
32 Greece 8,00 
- Mauritius 8,00 
34 Ghana 8,50 
35 Australia 9,00 
- Bulgaria 9,00 
- France 9,00 
- Mali 9,00 
39 Panama 9,50 
40 Italy 9,90 
41 El Salvador 10,00 
- Spain 10,00 
43 Taiwan 10,50 
44 South Africa 11,25 
45 Cape Verde 11,50 
- Macedonia 11,50 
- Mozambique 11,50 
- Serbia and Montenegro 11,50 
49 Chile 11,63 
50 Israel 12,00 
51 Japan 12,50 
52 Dominican Republic 12,75 
53 Botswana 13,00 
- Croatia 13,00 
- Tonga 13,00 
- United States of America 13,00 
57 Uruguay 13,75 
58 Fiji 14,00 
- Hong-Kong 14,00 
- Poland 14,00 
- Romania 14,00 
62 Central African Republic 14,50 
- Cyprus (North) 14,50 
- Guinea-Bissau 14,50 
- Honduras 14,50 
66 Madagascar 15,00 
- Togo 15,00 
68 Ecuador 15,25 
69 Nicaragua 15,50 
70 Burkina Faso 16,00 
- Kosovo 16,00 
- Lesotho 16,00 
73 Congo 17,00 
- Kuwait 17,00 
75 Brazil 17,17 
76 Argentina 17,30 
77 Mauritania 17,50 
- Senegal 17,50 
- United Arab Emirates 17,50 
80 Albania 18,00 
- Qatar 18,00 
82 Paraguay 18,25 
83 Timor-Leste 18,50 
84 Liberia 19,00 
85 Moldova 19,17 
86 Mongolia 19,25 
87 Haiti 19,50 
88 Tanzania 19,82 
89 Georgia 21,00 
90 Guatemala 21,25 
91 Angola 21,50 
92 Malaysia 22,25 
93 Comoros 22,50 
- Zambia 22,50 
95 Niger 24,50 
- Seychelles 24,50 
97 Morocco 24,83 
98 Bhutan 25,00 
- Côte d’Ivoire 25,00 
- Turkey 25,00 
101 Armenia 25,50 
- Malawi 25,50 
103 Indonesia 26,00 
- Sierra Leone 26,00 
105 India 26,50 
- Ukraine 26,50 
107 Lebanon 27,00 
108 Cambodia 27,25 
109 Guinea 27,50 
- Jordan 27,50 
111 Bahrein 28,00 
112 Cameroon 28,25 
- Peru 28,25 
114 Gabon 28,50 
115 Venezuela 29,00 
116 Uganda 29,83 
117 Tajikistan 30,00 
118 Kenya 30,25 
119 United States of America 31,50 
(extra-territorial)
120 Nigeria 32,23 
121 Djibouti 33,00 
122 Thailand 33,50 
123 Kyrgyzstan 34,00 
124 Chad 35,50 
125 Burundi 39,83 
126 Algeria 40,00 
127 Swaziland 40,50 
128 Kazakhstan 41,00 
- Rwanda 41,00 
130 Afghanistan 44,25 
131 Colombia 44,75 
132 Mexico 45,83 
133 Egypt 46,25 
134 Palestinian Authority 46,75 
135 Azerbaijan 47,00 
- Israel (extra-territorial) 47,00 
137 Bangladesh 48,00 
- Equatorial Guinea 48,00 
139 Sudan 48,13 
140 Zimbabwe 50,00 
141 Sri Lanka 50,75 
142 Democratic Republic of Congo 51,00 
- Philippines 51,00 
144 Maldives 51,25 
- Somalia 51,25 
146 Singapore 51,50 
147 Russia 52,50 
148 Tunisia 53,75 
149 Gambia 54,00 
- Yemen 54,00 
151 Belarus 57,00 
152 Libya 62,50 
153 Syria 63,00 
154 Iraq 66,83 
155 Vietnam 67,25 
156 Laos 67,50 
157 Pakistan 70,33 
158 Uzbekistan 71,00 
159 Nepal 73,50 
160 Ethiopia 75,00 
161 Saudi Arabia 76,00 
162 Iran 90,88 
163 China 94,00 
164 Burma 94,75 
165 Cuba 95,00 
166 Eritrea 97,50 
167 Turkmenistan 98,50 
168 North Korea 109,00 

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