Libya Improves Press Freedom Rating

Libya has risen 23 places to rank 131st out of 179 countries in the World Press Freedom Index for 2013.

This jump was due to the overthrow of Muammar Ghaddafi’s 42-year regime and its positive impact on freedom of information. Libya’s ranking the year before was affected by all the violations in 2011, when Gaddafi was still clinging to power.

According to the assessment from Reporters Without Borders, the improvements need to be confirmed by the inclusion of freedom of information in the constitution and the adoption of laws guaranteeing this freedom and providing real protection for journalists and safeguards for media pluralism and independence.

The result puts Libya behind countries such as Algeria and Afghanistan, but ahead of Tunisia and Morocco. First place went to Finland, with Eritrea coming last, just behind North Korea.

You can download the full report here.

(Source: Reporters Without Borders)

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