2013 Press Freedom Index released
Where is... 5) Andorra ?
NZ Scott wrote:
8) New Zealand
Other English-speaking countries:
29) United Kingdom
32) United States
Other countries of note:
145) Malaysia (where I am currently living)
178) North Korea
179) Iritrea (last place)
I'm not surprised that Malaysia scored so poorly, as the government has strong controls over the print media here. It is illegal to own a printing press without a license, which is issued annually by a government department. Of course, if you criticise the government then you might find that the license is not renewed.
I used to be a news reporter in New Zealand and am not surprised to see that it has crept up to 8th position. There are still some silly laws in NZ, though. For example, it is illegal in some cases to report suicides, because of copycat fears. Also, some people who appear in court charged with various crimes are able to get name suppression for certain lengths of time.
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