Bloggers now threatened as much as journalists in traditional media
— according to Reporters Without Borders.
Reporters Without Borders is an organization that has been fighting for freedom of the press globally since its inception in 1985. It recently released the Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2007 (for the sixth year in a row) which ranks countries based on certain questionnaires given out to their associates all over the world.
- The top 14 countries are from Europe
- The United States is not ranked very highly on this scale.. (Contrary to what most of us would think “obvious”).. it ranks # 48.
- India is ranked 120.
- China is ranked 163 (almost at the bottom of the table!)
According to the RWB website, this is the methodology they followed:
Reporters Without Borders compiled this index by sending a questionnaire to the 15 freedom of expression organisations throughout the world that are its partners, to its network of 130 correspondents, and to journalists, researchers, jurists and human rights activists. It contained 50 questions about press freedom in their countries. The index covers 169 nations. Other countries were not included because of lack of data.
Catch the Full Report (pdf) Here.