Freedom of the Press 2017

Table of Country Scores

Of the 199 countries and territories assessed for 2016, a total of 61 (31 percent) were rated Free, 72 (36 percent) were rated Partly Free, and 66 (33 percent) were rated Not Free. This balance marks a slight shift toward the Partly Free category compared with the edition covering 2015, which featured 62 Free, 71 Partly Free, and 66 Not Free countries and territories. There were three status changes in Freedom of the Press 2017: Afghanistan improved from Not Free to Partly Free, the Maldives declined from Partly Free to Not Free, and Poland declined from Free to Partly Free. The report found that 13 percent of the world’s inhabitants lived in countries with a Free press, while 42 percent had a Partly Free press and 45 percent lived in Not Free environments. The population figures are significantly affected by two countries—China, with a Not Free status, and India, with a Partly Free status—that together account for over a third of the world’s population. The percentage of those enjoying a Free media in 2016 remained at its lowest level since 1996, when Freedom House began incorporating population data into the findings of the report.

0 is the most free and 100 is the least free.
* denotes territories, as opposed to independent countries.

Press Freedom Status Press Freedom Score (0-100 points) Legal Environment (0-30 points) Political Environment (0-40 points) Economic Environment (0-30 points)
Ireland Free 18 6 6
Mauritius Free 29 10 13
Nicaragua Partly Free 55 24 17
Lebanon Partly Free 56 21 15
Honduras Not Free 66 33 15
Liechtenstein Free 15 5 8
Kiribati Free 30 10 14
Rwanda Not Free 79 34 22
Ethiopia Not Free 86 38 19
Mexico Not Free 64 31 14
Niger Partly Free 52 19 17
Lesotho Partly Free 51 22 16
Hong Kong * Partly Free 42 20 9
Kosovo Partly Free 48 19 16
Malaysia Not Free 69 25 18
Uganda Partly Free 58 25 15
Fiji Partly Free 44 16 12
Micronesia Free 21 8 11
Nigeria Partly Free 51 22 15
Liberia Partly Free 60 22 21
Hungary Partly Free 44 17 15
Kuwait Partly Free 60 23 16
Ukraine Partly Free 53 25 15
Maldives Not Free 62 25 16
Finland Free 12 4 4
Moldova Partly Free 56 21 18
Grenada Free 26 12 5
North Korea Not Free 98 39 29
Libya Not Free 77 35 20
Iceland Free 15 5 6
Lithuania Free 21 6 9
Kyrgyzstan Not Free 67 27 20
United Arab Emirates Not Free 78 30 23
Denmark Free 12 6 4
France Free 26 13 7
Monaco Free 16 6 7
Norway Free 8 3 3
India Partly Free 43 22 10
Pakistan Not Free 65 30 16
United Kingdom Free 25 9 7
Mali Partly Free 37 19 10
Gabon Not Free 71 25 22
Mongolia Partly Free 37 12 12
Oman Not Free 71 27 19
Indonesia Partly Free 49 18 15
Luxembourg Free 14 5 6
Palau Free 15 6 8
United States Free 23 12 5
Djibouti Not Free 77 29 24
Georgia Partly Free 50 21 16
Montenegro Partly Free 44 19 12
Iran Not Free 90 36 24
Panama Partly Free 41 15 9
Uruguay Free 24 10 8
Morocco Not Free 66 25 18
Iraq Not Free 71 32 16
Papua New Guinea Free 29 13 9
Uzbekistan Not Free 95 37 28
Dominica Free 25 11 8
Malta Free 23 9 9
Laos Not Free 85 34 25
Mozambique Partly Free 48 21 15
Macedonia Not Free 64 25 20
Paraguay Partly Free 59 24 19
Vanuatu Free 25 11 8
Venezuela Not Free 81 31 24
Dominican Republic Partly Free 42 21 13
Germany Free 20 10 4
Myanmar Not Free 73 29 21
Israel Partly Free 33 14 11
Peru Partly Free 45 19 12
Vietnam Not Free 84 33 21
Ecuador Not Free 66 27 16
Marshall Islands Free 17 6 9
Ghana Partly Free 33 13 11
Namibia Partly Free 32 13 10
Italy Partly Free 31 10 9
Philippines Partly Free 44 20 10
West Bank and Gaza Strip * Not Free 84 34 22
Egypt Not Free 77 34 17
Nauru Partly Free 46 20 16
Guatemala Partly Free 58 23 17
Jamaica Free 19 9 7
Poland Partly Free 34 14 9
Yemen Not Free 85 36 23
El Salvador Partly Free 41 18 13
Greece Partly Free 44 18 13
Guinea Not Free 66 29 17
Japan Free 27 16 6
Portugal Free 17 7 6
Zambia Not Free 63 24 20
Equatorial Guinea Not Free 91 36 28
Mauritania Partly Free 53 20 16
Nepal Partly Free 52 21 15
Guinea-Bissau Partly Free 59 24 18
Jordan Not Free 68 26 20
Madagascar Partly Free 58 23 16
Qatar Not Free 70 27 22
Zimbabwe Not Free 74 25 25
Eritrea Not Free 94 40 24
Netherlands Free 11 5 4
Guyana Partly Free 38 16 11
Kazakhstan Not Free 85 34 23
Romania Partly Free 38 16 13
Latvia Free 26 8 11
Estonia Free 16 4 7
New Zealand Free 19 8 7
Haiti Partly Free 52 17 18
Kenya Partly Free 58 24 17
Malawi Partly Free 45 15 15
Russia Not Free 83 34 24
Ukraine Україна Translation Partly Free 53 25 15
Tuvalu Free 27 11 13
Turkmenistan Not Free 98 38 30
Turkey Not Free 76 33 16
Tunisia Partly Free 54 18 18
Trinidad and Tobago Free 25 11 7
Tonga Free 30 10 10
Togo Partly Free 57 19 20
Timor-Leste Partly Free 35 11 13
Gambia, The Not Free 87 35 23
Thailand Not Free 77 33 17
Tanzania Partly Free 58 22 15
Tajikistan Not Free 87 33 26
Taiwan Free 25 8 8
Syria Not Free 90 38 23
Switzerland Free 13 4 5
Sweden Free 11 5 4
Swaziland Not Free 83 30 27
Suriname Free 28 16 7
Sudan Not Free 86 36 24
Sri Lanka Not Free 61 25 19
Spain Free 28 14 8
South Sudan Not Free 70 33 18
South Korea Partly Free 34 14 9
South Africa Partly Free 38 20 10
Somaliland * Partly Free 53 21 19
Somalia Not Free 79 34 30
Solomon Islands Free 27 11 11
Slovenia Free 23 8 9
Slovakia Free 26 9 9
Singapore Not Free 67 22 21
Sierra Leone Partly Free 54 20 16
Seychelles Partly Free 49 16 17
Serbia Partly Free 49 21 13
Senegal Partly Free 47 15 14
Saudi Arabia Not Free 86 32 25
São Tomé and Príncipe Free 28 11 13
San Marino Free 17 6 7
Samoa Free 29 13 9
St. Vincent and Grenadines Free 21 9 7
St. Lucia Free 17 10 4
St. Kitts and Nevis Free 21 10 7
Czech Republic Free 21 8 9
Cyprus Free 23 10 9
Cuba Not Free 91 35 28
Croatia Partly Free 41 17 15
Crimea * Not Free 94 38 26
Côte d'Ivoire Partly Free 51 19 18
Costa Rica Free 16 6 6
Congo, Democratic Republic of (Kinshasa) Not Free 82 32 25
Congo, Republic of (Brazzaville) Partly Free 60 25 18
Comoros Partly Free 49 20 15
Colombia Partly Free 57 26 18
Chile Free 29 13 8
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 66 23 21
Cambodia Not Free 70 27 19
Burundi Not Free 85 37 23
Burkina Faso Partly Free 41 12 13
Bulgaria Partly Free 42 17 13
Brunei Not Free 76 25 23
Brazil Partly Free 47 22 11
Botswana Partly Free 45 19 14
Bosnia and Herzegovina Partly Free 51 23 17
Bolivia Partly Free 53 23 14
Bhutan Partly Free 58 20 20
Benin Partly Free 37 11 13
Belize Free 27 13 6
Belgium Free 12 3 6
Belarus Not Free 83 30 25
Barbados Free 19 10 6
Bangladesh Not Free 62 27 16
Bahrain Not Free 87 37 22
Bahamas Free 23 11 7
Azerbaijan Not Free 90 39 22
Austria Free 22 8 6
Australia Free 22 9 7
Armenia Not Free 63 23 20
Argentina Partly Free 46 18 15
Antigua and Barbuda Partly Free 34 15 11
Angola Not Free 73 30 21
Andorra Free 15 5 8
Algeria Not Free 65 24 19
Albania Partly Free 51 19 17
Afghanistan Partly Free 60 27 16
China Not Free 87 35 25