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Dutch media 11th most free in the world

Freedom of the press has declined for the eighth year in a row, according to Freedom House’s annual report. The Netherlands dropped from number 8 to number 11 and Iceland ranks number one, as the most free media in the world.

On Monday May 3rd is World Press Freedom Day and the first presentation of the National Press Freedom Monitor, which tracks the pressure exerted on domestic Dutch journalists, will take place in The Hague.

Freedom of the Press 2010 identifies the greatest threats to independent media in 196 countries and territories. Released in advance of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, the report shows that global media freedom has declined for the eighth straight year in a row, with significant losses outnumbering gains by a 2-to-1 margin. In 2009, there were particularly worrisome trends in sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East and North Africa.

The world’s 10 worst-rated countries are Belarus, Burma, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. In these states, independent media are either nonexistent. (PDF).

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