In the decade since these surveys began, the first was our best (12), the next our worst (50), with significant movement within these tramtracks since:
"In Australia (30th), the media were subjected to investigations and criticism by the authorities, and were denied access to information.."
The (44 question) questionnaire was sent to Reporters Without Borders’ partner organizations (18 freedom of expression groups in all five continents-none in Australia), to its network of 150 correspondents around the world, and to journalists, researchers, jurists and human rights activists (hands up anyone? declaration, not me.). A scale devised by the organization was then used to give a country score to each questionnaire.