- Overall press freedom dropped for the third year in a row, despite bright spots in Ukraine, Lebanon, Guatemala, and Namibia.
- Notable setbacks in the U.S. helped drag down the global score. While our press still qualifies as “free,” the U.S. dropped from 15th to 24th place, tied with Barbados, Canada, Dominica, Estonia, and Latvia.
The worst-ranked countries were Burma, Cuba, Libya, North Korea, and Turkmenistan, where “the press is reduced to serving as a mouthpiece for the ruling regime, and citizens' access to unbiased information is severely limited.” Phew! I’m glad we don’t live anywhere like that!
The world’s freest press can be found in the hideous socialist gulags of Finland, Iceland, and Sweden.