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Press freedom under the gun
11/19/2002
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Prees Freedom Index.

Reporters Without Borders published its first worldwide press freedom index on Oct. 23, ranking 139 countries on the basis of journalistic freedom and government guarantees. The report was based on a questionnaire about direct attacks on journalists and media outlets, as well as legal norms ensuring freedom of the press.

The report ranks countries on a scale of zero to 100, with a lower score indicating greater freedom. Costa Rica received the best rating in the region and ranked 14th worldwide, with 4.5 points. Cuba, with 90.25 points, had the region’s worst score and ranked 134th. Some Latin American countries were not included because of the lack of reliable information.

 

Prees Freedom Index

Country

Ranking

Score

Costa Rica

15

4.25

Ecuador

20

5.50

Uruguay

21

6.00

Chile

24

6.50

Paraguay

32

8.50

El Salvador

33

8.75

Peru

36

9.50

Argentina

42

12.00

Bolivia

48

14.50

Panama

49

15.50

Brazil

54

18.75

Mexico

75

24.75

Venezuela

77

25.00

Guatemala

83

27.25

Haiti

106

36.50

Colombia

114

40.83

Cuba

134

90.25


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