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Free Media: Iceland Drops from One to Nine

Iceland ranks ninth on the Reporters Without Borders’ 2009 Press Freedom Index, which was published yesterday, down from first place. The top five nations are now Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Ireland.

Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The organization does not explain what caused Iceland to be dethroned, visir.is reports.

However, in their general evaluation of press freedom, Reporters Without Borders do state that Europe doesn’t necessarily set an example for the rest of the world in this regard anymore.

“Europe long set an example in press freedom but several European nations have fallen significantly in this year’s index. Even if the first 13 places are still held by European countries, others such as France (43rd), Slovakia (44th) and Italy (49th) continue their descent […]. They have given way to young democracies in Africa (Mali, South Africa and Ghana) and the western hemisphere (Uruguay and Trinidad and Tobago),” rsf.org states.

Estonia ranks sixth on the 2009 Press Freedom Index, the Netherlands seventh and Switzerland eighth, followed by Iceland and Lithuania. The bottom three countries are Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea.

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