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The Grand Duchy scores well for freedom of the press

The country ranks 15th out of 180 countries, according to Reporters Without Borders

Index de la liberté de presseThe Grand Duchy's press is one of the freest in the world, according to the World Press Freedom Index. The Grand Duchy has managed to improve its ranking, from 19th place in 2015 to 15th place in 2016, despite a global climate that is less favourable to freedom of the press than in 2015.

According to Reporters Without Borders, the factor most affecting the country's score was the public prosecutor's decision to charge 'LuxLeaks' journalist Edouard Perrin. The Grand Duchy's ranking places it between Estonia (14th place) and Germany (16th place).

The study, carried out annually by Reporters Without Borders, analyses the situation in 180 countries around the world. The Grand Duchy has always managed to rank at the top of the list. In the 2014 ranking, however, the Grand Duchy was well ahead, in 4th place, behind the Scandinavian countries. So there's still room for improvement.

The country at the top of the 2016 World Press Freedom Index is Finland, which often takes first place in the ranking, followed by the Netherlands and Norway. At the other end of the scale, the worst situations were recorded in Turkmenistan, North Korea, and Eritrea, which ranked last in 180th place. Belgium stands in 13th place, France in 45th place, the USA in 41st place, Russia in 148th place, and China in 176th place.

(Source: Reporters Without Borders / Image credit: © European Union)

  • Updated 02-10-2016