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Press freedom in 2011–12

This table shows the level of press freedom in 179 countries as rated by the Press Freedom Index for 2011–12. New Zealand scored well, coming 13th, with a score of -5.33. In the index, high scores indicate repression of the media, while negative figures indicate press freedom. In 2011–12 Finland and Norway had the highest level of press freedom, with -10 points each. The Press Freedom Index, compiled annually by the activist group Reporters Without Borders, is constructed from a questionnaire sent to journalists, researchers, jurists and human-rights activists around the world. The assessment of press freedom in each coountry includes violence and threats against journalists, censorship and state intervention. The actions of non-state groups against the media are also considered, along with the level of self-censorship.

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Kate McMillan, 'Media and politics - Democracy and freedom of the press', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Kate McMillan, published 20 Jun 2012