Like in most other global rankings, Nordic countries once gain featured prominently in the 2017 Press Freedom Index, compiled by Paris-based Reporters without Borders (also known internationally by its French name, Reporters sans Frontières, or RSF), widely regarded as an index ranking freedom of the media.
Norway was ranked number 1 in the list of 180 countries, followed by Sweden, Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands.
Other countries that made it to the top 10 in the league were Costa Rica (6), Switzerland (7), Jamaica (8), Belgium (9), and Iceland (10).
The UN also urged leaders to support a free media.
“A free press advances peace and justice for all.” – António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Of the 20 best performing countries, 15 are in Europe. The least ranked countries from the very bottom are, North Korea, Eritrea, Turkmenistan, Syria and China.
Here is the list of top 20 countries with highest press freedom rating:
- Costa Rica
- New Zealand