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Netherlands Ranks 2nd in World Press Freedom Index

The Netherlands has climbed two places to be ranked second in the World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders.

The Netherlands is now in second place, Finland again tops World Press Freedom Index for the third year in a row, Norway fell from second to third place.

The organization ranked press freedom in 179 countries. The same three European countries that headed the index last year hold the top three positions again this year. For the third year running, Finland has distinguished itself as the country that most respects media freedom. It is followed by the Netherlands and Norway. Although many criteria are considered, ranging from legislation to violence against journalists, democratic countries occupy the top of the index while dictatorial countries occupy the last three positions. Again it is the same three as last year – Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea.

“The ranking of most countries is no longer attributable to dramatic political developments.”

It said 2012 was the deadliest year ever registered by Reporters Without Borders since it started in 2002 – with 90 journalists and 47 “netizens” killed in the course of their work.

World Press Freedom Index TOP 10 Rankings:
1. Finland
2. The Netherlands
3. Norway
4. Luxembourg
5. Andorra
6. Denmark
7. Liechtenstein
8. New Zealand
9. Iceland
10. Sweden