Media 82: World Press Freedom Index – Jamaica 8: Britain 38
The World Press Freedom Index for 2017 was recently published and out of the roughly 180 countries analysed Jamaica was ranked 8. (In 2016 Jamaica was ranked 10.) Number 1 was Norway followed by Sweden. The British and US media came in at 38 and 41 respectively.
The World Press Freedom Index report is published by Reporters without Borders – Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF).
The annual index analysis focuses on media freedom, diversity of opinions allowed, independence of media, transparency, the legal environment, and abuses or violence directed at journalists.
The index is not there to comment on the quality of journalism; which in Jamaica for me is definitely top ten material.
Especially in the coverage of sports, human stories, local politics, youth, local communities, entertainment and education.
Part of analysis by RSF is drawn from questionnaires completed by the local media professionals, lawyers and sociologists.
Canada’s media – ranked 22 – has had its level of state spying and intimidation. The US media has had their own challenges of intimidation by both the Obama and Trump administration.
- If Donald Trump Targets Journalists, Thank Obama– James Risen
- CIA designed tool to keep tabs on files leaked to whistleblowers and journalists.
See RSF ranking table: https://rsf.org/en/ranking_table