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Saturday, February 02, 2013

Australia 26 in world press freedom ranking

Australia was ranked 26 of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index, in the Satisfactory category and up four places from last year. 

Finland, Netherlands and Norway are at the top, with other rankings of interest New Zealand 8, UK 29, US 32, PNG 41, Japan 53, and towards the other end, Indonesia 139, India 140, Cambodia 143, Malaysia 145, Philippines 147, Vietnam 172 and China 173.

There are no country reports released with the index and we didn't rate a mention in the Asia Pacific regional summary this year.

Since these surveys began in 2002 the first was our best (12), the next our worst (50), with significant movement within these tram-tracks since. In 2007 when the media coalition Australia's Right to Know was formed to address concerns about free speech our ranking was 28. We managed 16 in 2009 then 18, and 30.

Professor of Journalism and Social Media at Griffith University Mark Pearson lists himself as Australian correspondent for RTF. The report itself doesn't identify those involved in country surveys and reports.

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