Friday, November 22, 2013

22/11/2013: Freedom of Press in Ireland: 2013

I recently tweeted on the subject of press freedom assessment of Ireland, but have not blogged the numbers. So correcting for this shortcoming, here's the latest assessment of Ireland by the Reporters Without Borders under the Press Freedom Index:

  • From 2011 through 2013 we are ranked 15th in the world in terms of freedom of press;
  • In 2013, we were ranked 14th in Europe (not EU or EA) in freedom of press;
  • Our worst ranking on the record was 17th achieved in 2003;
  • We were ranked 1st in the world in 2004-2005 and again in 2009;
  • We ranked in top 10 in the world in 2002, 2004-2010

Here is our 'neighbourhood' in terms of top 20 ranked countries in 2013, compared to 2010-2012 average:

I will be speaking and participating in a panel discussion at NUJ event tomorrow, focusing on the Future of Journalism:

PS: For those who might ask why I was invited: I used to work as the Group Editor of Business & Finance magazine and its sister publications for a number of years and subsequently was non-executive director of the publishing house.
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