Reporters without Borders

Freedom of information is fundamental in any democracy, but nearly half of the world’s population has no access to freely-reported news and information. How can we combat atrocities against civilians, tackle the tragedy of child soldiers, defend women’s rights or defend our environment if journalists aren’t free to report the facts, draw attention to abuses and appeal to the public’s conscience?

Every year, RSF produces the World Press Freedom Index. The Index ranks 180 countries according to the level of freedom available to journalists. It is a snapshot of the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country. In 2017, Norway scores highest in the field of press freedom, the Netherlands holds the fifth place. The last in place is North Korea.

credits: Jefferson Bernardes

The Index is simple and easily accessible to the general public, international organizations and local officials. As an evaluation and advocacy tool, the Index is increasingly used by such bodies as the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the World Bank, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation in determining the allocation of development aid. Their reliance on the Index has helped to increase the attention that governments pay to freedom of information.

Since the first Index in 2002, RSF has made significant improvements to the Index. But RSF aims at continuing improving it and turning it into an action-based instrument, to secure more change at the international and local level.

The support of Adessium Foundation helps RSF improving the impact of the Index. The grant is used to strengthen the Index as a credible, visible, effective tool to promote freedom of the press worldwide.

About this partner

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is the leading press freedom watchdog, with a consultative status in the United Nations (UN), the UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). Thanks to its unique global network of some 130 local correspondents investigating in 130 countries, around 20 partner organizations, 12 offices, Reporters Without Borders is able to have a global impact to promote and defend freedom of information.

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