World Press Freedom Index Initiative

Earlier this week, international non-profit Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), otherwise known as Reporters Without Borders, partnered with the Washington Post to release the annually generated 2017 World Press Freedom Index. The 2017 report was officially presented on Wednesday, April 26, in Washington, DC, by Delphine Halgand, director of RSF’s North American initiative and the 2017 James W. Foley American Hostage Freedom Award winner.

In conjunction with the report’s publication, a diverse panel of acclaimed journalists, including representatives from Canada, Syria, and Turkey, met to discuss the implications regarding press freedom on a global scale. Dana Priest, a Pulitzer-winning journalist from the Washington Post, served as moderator of the discussion.

RSF, headquartered in Paris, France, began publishing its annual World Press Freedom Index in 2002, using online questionnaire data obtained from journalists, media lawyers, researchers, and other media specialists located in 180 different countries. RSF generates regional, and then national, statistics that reveal the degree of freedom of information enjoyed by the surveyed nations, with a focus on groups such as journalists, internet users, and news organizations.

Factors in RSF’s investigations include pluralism, media independence, self-censorship, legislative framework, transparency, quality of media infrastructure, and safety of journalists in each country, according to their website. It is important to note that RSF’s findings are not intended to serve as a definitive ranking of overall public policy or quality of news media in each of the surveyed nations. Rather, the published rankings serve as a “snapshot” of media freedoms in the respective countries at the time that the data is gathered. For more information, including the 2017 report results, visit https://rsf.org/en/ranking/2017.

—Angela Freeman

Sources:
https://2017wpf.splashthat.com/
https://rsf.org/en

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