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DPRK not bottom of the class for press freedom. Apparently

"Reporters Without Borders...today...issued its eighth annual world press freedom index".

Which is nice.  And at the top of the table are Denmark, Finland, Irland (sic), Norway and Sweden with scores of zero.

And how is the list compiled?

"Reporters Without Borders compiles the index every year on the basis of questionnaires that are completed by hundreds of journalists and media experts around the world".

And that is the bit that makes me suspicious, and causes me to wonder about the accusations of the liberal bias claimed for the American media in particular - "The United States has climbed 20 places in the rankings, from 40th to 20th, in just one year. Barack Obama’s election as president and the fact that he has a less hawkish approach than his predecessor have had a lot to do with this".


Erm, has anyone noticed that the annulment of the 1st amendment by Bush the Younger (/sarcasm) has been abrogated by everyone's favourite Nobel laureate, or might it be more the case that happy journos are more likely to give positive responses to questions?  The questionnaire is here.

Elsewhere, we are joint 20th with our Uncle Sam and Luxembourg at 4.00, bettering Jamaica at 4.75, but worsted by Canada at 3.70.  Bottom of the heap are Burma, Iran, Turkmenistan, the DPRK and Eritrea, all at 100+.  

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