Lebanon FIRST in Arab World in Press Freedom, 107th Globally
In its annual report on press freedoms in 196 countries, independent think tank Freedom House ranked Lebanon in 107th place globally and first among 20 Arab countries in 2012.
Lebanon also came in 28th place among 46 upper middle-income countries (UMICs) included in the survey. Lebanon ranked in 108th place globally and in first place regionally in the 2011 survey.
The survey assesses the degree of print, broadcast, and Internet freedom across the world. The 2012 ratings are based on an assessment of the legal environment in which media operate; political influences on reporting and access to information; and economic pressures on content and the dissemination of news in 2011.
It provides a numerical rating from zero as most free to 100 as least free for each country, and categorizes each country's level of press freedom as 'Free,' 'Partly Free,' or 'Not Free' based on its numerical rating. Lebanon, along with Kuwait, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania were the only Arab countries where the media was considered to be 'Partly Free', while the media in the remaining 14 countries came in the 'Not Free' category.
Globally, Lebanon tied with Albania, Tunisia, and the Maldives, ranked immediately ahead of Bangladesh, Georgia, Kenya and Mauritania, and came behind Argentina, Haiti and Nigeria. Lebanon also tied with Albania, ranked ahead of Macedonia and Turkey and behind Argentina and Bosnia and Herzegovina among UMICs. Lebanon received a score of 51 points better than the 53 points in the 2011 survey, the 55 points it received in 2010 and the 56 points received in 2009.
Lebanon's score was also better than the Arab average of 68.8 points but worse than the global and UMICs' averages of 47.3 points and 46.5 points, respectively.
Source: Lebanon This Week, Byblos Bank economic publication
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