Freedom of the Press 2016 Table of Scores

0 is the most free and 100 is the least free.

Press Freedom Status Press Freedom Score (0-100 points) Legal Environment (0-30 points) Political Environment (0-40 points) Economic Environment (0-30 points)
Mexico (español) No Libre 64 31 14
Ukraine Україна Translation Частково вільна 53 24 16
Ukraine Partly Free 53 24 16
Türkiye Özgür Değil 71 30 15
Turkey Not Free 71 30 15
Ghana Partly Free 31 12 11
Chile Free 29 13 8
Israel Partly Free 32 14 11
China Not Free 87 35 22
Macedonia Not Free 62 24 19
Egypt Not Free 77 35 17
Tanzania Partly Free 55 22 15
Nicaragua Partly Free 54 23 17
Hong Kong * Partly Free 39 17 9
Burundi Not Free 80 33 22
Bangladesh Not Free 61 27 16
Togo Partly Free 60 21 20
North Korea Not Free 97 38 29
France Free 28 15 7
Mexico Not Free 64 31 14
Australia Free 23 10 7
Nauru Partly Free 41 18 14
Zambia Not Free 61 23 19
Malawi Partly Free 45 15 15
Lesotho Partly Free 49 20 16
Zimbabwe Not Free 74 25 25
Yemen Not Free 83 34 23
West Bank and Gaza Strip * Not Free 83 34 22
Vietnam Not Free 85 33 22
Venezuela Not Free 80 30 24
Vanuatu Free 25 11 8
Uzbekistan Not Free 95 37 28
Uruguay Free 25 11 8
United States Free 21 10 5
United Kingdom Free 25 9 7
United Arab Emirates Not Free 78 30 23
Uganda Partly Free 57 24 15
Tuvalu Free 27 11 13
Turkmenistan Not Free 96 37 29
Tunisia Partly Free 52 18 17
Trinidad and Tobago Free 27 12 8
Tonga Free 29 9 10
Gambia, The Not Free 87 36 22
Thailand Not Free 77 33 17
Tajikistan Not Free 83 32 25
Taiwan Free 26 9 8
Syria Not Free 90 38 23
Switzerland Free 13 4 5
Sweden Free 11 5 4
Swaziland Not Free 82 30 27
Suriname Free 28 13 7
Sudan Not Free 85 36 24
St. Vincent and Grenadines Free 17 7 6
St. Lucia Free 15 8 4
St. Kitts and Nevis Free 20 9 7
Sri Lanka Not Free 64 26 19
Spain Free 28 14 8
South Sudan Not Free 66 31 17
South Korea Partly Free 33 14 9
South Africa Partly Free 36 17 10
Somaliland * Partly Free 54 21 19
Somalia Not Free 79 34 20
Solomon Islands Free 27 11 11
Slovenia Free 23 8 9
Slovakia Free 24 9 8
Singapore Not Free 67 22 21
Sierra Leone Partly Free 53 21 16
Seychelles Partly Free 49 16 17
Serbia Partly Free 45 21 12
Senegal Partly Free 49 16 14
Saudi Arabia Not Free 86 32 25
São Tomé and Príncipe Free 28 11 13
San Marino Free 16 5 7
Samoa Free 29 13 9
Rwanda Not Free 79 34 22
Russia Not Free 83 34 24
Romania Partly Free 38 16 13
Qatar Not Free 69 26 22
Portugal Free 18 7 6
Poland Free 28 11 8
Philippines Partly Free 44 20 10
Peru Partly Free 46 19 12
Paraguay Partly Free 58 25 18
Papua New Guinea Free 29 13 9
Panama Partly Free 46 18 11
Palau Free 15 6 8
Pakistan Not Free 64 29 16
Oman Not Free 71 27 19
Norway Free 9 3 4
Nigeria Partly Free 51 22 15
Niger Partly Free 53 20 17
New Zealand Free 20 8 7
Netherlands Free 11 5 4
Nepal Partly Free 54 23 15
Namibia Partly Free 33 14 10
Mozambique Partly Free 46 19 15
Morocco Not Free 66 25 18
Montenegro Partly Free 41 18 12
Mongolia Partly Free 37 12 12
Monaco Free 15 6 6
Moldova Partly Free 56 21 18
Micronesia Free 21 8 11
Mauritius Free 29 10 13
Mauritania Partly Free 51 20 15
Marshall Islands Free 17 6 9
Malta Free 23 9 9
Mali Partly Free 37 19 10
Maldives Partly Free 58 24 16
Malaysia Not Free 67 24 17
Madagascar Partly Free 58 23 16
Luxembourg Free 13 4 6
Lithuania Free 23 7 10
Liechtenstein Free 14 5 8
Libya Not Free 75 34 19
Liberia Partly Free 58 21 21
Lebanon Partly Free 56 22 14
Latvia Free 28 10 11
Laos Not Free 84 33 25
Kyrgyzstan Not Free 67 27 20
Kuwait Partly Free 59 23 16
Kosovo Partly Free 49 18 17
Kiribati Free 30 10 14
Kenya Partly Free 58 24 17
Kazakhstan Not Free 84 33 33
Jordan Not Free 66 24 20
Japan Free 26 15 6
Jamaica Free 18 8 7
Italy Partly Free 31 10 9
Ireland Free 17 6 6
Iraq Not Free 71 32 16
Iran Not Free 90 36 24
Indonesia Partly Free 49 18 15
India Partly Free 41 21 9
Iceland Free 15 5 6
Hungary Partly Free 40 15 13
Honduras Not Free 67 34 15
Haiti Partly Free 52 18 18
Guyana Partly Free 36 14 11
Guinea-Bissau Partly Free 60 24 18
Guinea Not Free 65 29 17
Guatemala Partly Free 58 23 17
Grenada Free 24 11 5
Greece Partly Free 48 20 13
Germany Free 20 10 4
Georgia Partly Free 49 20 16
Gabon Not Free 68 22 22
Finland Free 11 3 4
Fiji Partly Free 48 20 12
Ethiopia Not Free 83 36 19
Estonia Free 16 4 7
Eritrea Not Free 94 40 24
Equatorial Guinea Not Free 91 36 28
El Salvador Partly Free 39 17 13
Ecuador Not Free 66 27 16
Timor-Leste Partly Free 35 11 13
Dominican Republic Partly Free 42 21 13
Dominica Free 26 12 8
Djibouti Not Free 75 28 23
Denmark Free 12 6 4
Czech Republic Free 21 8 9
Cyprus Free 24 10 9
Cuba Not Free 91 35 28
Croatia Partly Free 42 18 15
Crimea * Not Free 94 38 26
Côte d'Ivoire Partly Free 51 19 18
Costa Rica Free 17 7 6
Congo, Democratic Republic of (Kinshasa) Not Free 78 30 24
Congo, Republic of (Brazzaville) Partly Free 59 25 17
Comoros Partly Free 49 20 15
Colombia Partly Free 56 26 17
Chad Not Free 74 30 22
Central African Republic Not Free 71 28 22
Cape Verde Free 27 9 12
Canada Free 18 7 6
Cameroon Not Free 65 22 21
Cambodia Not Free 69 27 19
Myanmar Not Free 73 28 22
Burkina Faso Partly Free 41 12 13
Bulgaria Partly Free 40 16 12
Brunei Not Free 76 25 23
Brazil Partly Free 46 22 11
Botswana Partly Free 45 19 14
Bosnia and Herzegovina Partly Free 50 23 17
Bolivia Partly Free 49 21 13
Bhutan Partly Free 58 20 20
Benin Partly Free 38 12 13
Belize Free 22 9 5
Belgium Free 11 4 5
Belarus Not Free 91 34 28
Barbados Free 18 9 6
Bahrain Not Free 87 37 22
Azerbaijan Not Free 89 38 22
Austria Free 23 9 6
Armenia Not Free 63 23 20
Argentina Partly Free 50 20 16
Angola Not Free 71 30 21
Andorra Free 13 4 8
Algeria Not Free 62 23 17
Albania Partly Free 51 18 18
Afghanistan Not Free 62 26 18
Bahamas Free 22 10 7
Antigua and Barbuda Partly Free 35 16 11

    Table of Contents

  • The Battle for the Dominant Message
  • Special Section: Beijing's Creeping Control over Hong-Kong Media
  • 2016 Country Scores
  • Methodology
  • Survey Team
  • About Freedom of the Press
  • Country Reports

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