Estonia is 11th in world press freedom index

Estonia ranked 11th for the second year in a row among 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index published on Wednesday. In 2013 Estonia also ranked 11th but in 2012 and 2011 placed third to fourth, news portal of Estonia’s public broadcaster ERR reports.

Finland tops the index for the fourth year running, closely followed by Netherlands and Norway, like last year. At the other end of the index the last three positions are again held by Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea.

Of Estonia’s neighbouring countries Lithuania placed 32nd, Latvia 37th and Russia 148th. Such western countries as Germany, the U.K., France and the U.S. also placed behind Estonia, respectively 14th, 33rd, 39th and 46th.

This year’s index covers 180 countries, one more than last year. The new entry, Belize, placed 29th.

Reporters without Borders is a France-based international non-profit, non-governmental organization that promotes and defends freedom of information and freedom of the press. The organization has consultant status at the United Nations. The organization compiles and publishes an annual ranking of countries based upon the organization’s assessment of their press freedom records.

Source: Estonian Review / BNS

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