NEWS | 20 Feb 2015

World Press Freedom Index 2015

In February, Reporters without Borders published its annual Press Freedom Index. Seen to the world's total score, there was a drastic decline in freedom of information in 2014, according to the organization. The Nordic countries top the list, despite weaker scores.

The 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 index aims to provide a clear picture of the press freedom situation in individual countries and the world at large.  

Nordic countries at the top of the list
Finland, which has been in first place for five years in a row, has kept its position, followed by Norway (up one place) and Denmark (up four places). Sweden is in fifth place (up five places). Compared to last year the Nordics have received lower scores, but have still improved their positions on the list. Their climb upwards is explained by other countries having become worse. Iceland, which in last year’s index was ranked Number 8, is now down to 21.

Seen to larger regions, Europe leads the Freedom of Information list, while North Africa and the Middle East are on the other end of the scale.

Reporters without Borders: World Press Freedom Index 2015 (report, analysis and interactive map)