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Monday,  November 2, 2009   Saint Lucia has ranked 14th in the  Table of Global Press Freedom Rankings. Reporters Without Borders (RWB) released its latest press freedom index on the 20th  of  October, showing how European countries, Israel and Iran have all slid in the rankings. The index ranks the degree of press freedom throughout the world as well as efforts made by governments to protect journalists' rights.

 

Every year, Reporters Without Borders establishes a ranking of countries in terms of their freedom of the press.  The Worldwide press freedom index list is based on responses to surveys sent to journalists,  that are members of partner organisations of the RWB, as well as related specialists such as researchers, jurists and human rights activists.

The survey asks questions about direct attacks on journalists and the media,  as well as other indirect sources of pressure against the free press, such as pressure on journalists by non-governmental groups. RWB is careful to note that the index only deals with press freedom, and does not measure the quality of journalism.

 

According to Reporters Without Borders, more than a third of the world's people live in countries where there is no press freedom.


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