Saturday, May 3, 2014

12 Most Peaceful Countries for 2014

Today is World Press Freedom Day.

May 3 is a day to commemorate the importance of freedom of the press with regards to reporting without borders. It was declared by the United Nations General Assembly under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

May 3 also marks the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek which was a compilation of free press principles by African newspaper journalists in 1991.

In light of this celebration, let us offer our prayers for those journalists and media personalities who have died in the line of duty. There are already 1,054 journalists killed since 1992 according to CPJ or the Committee to Protect Journalists. For more information regarding these killings, click HERE.

Also, we offer our prayers for the release of jailed journalists in different countries so that they will free from jail already. Feel free to click HERE to know more about these jailed journalists.

For today's post, below are the top 12 countries based on the list of World Press Freedom index which reflects the degree of freedom being enjoyed by journalists in the said countries. The World Press Freedom index file can be downloaded in PDF format HERE. It is published by Reporters Without Borders based upon the organization's assessment of the countries' press freedom records by using different methodologies.

  1. Finland
  2. Netherlands
  3. Norway
  4. Luxembourg
  5. Andorra
  6. Liechtenstein
  7. Denmark
  8. Iceland
  9. New Zealand
  10. Sweden
  11. Estonia
  12. Austria

For the complete list, click HERE. For the methodology used, click HERE.

Photo from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)

References:

Reporters Without Borders
World Press Freedom Index 2014
About 3 May
30 Days for Freedom
Committee to Protect Journalists
World Press Freedom Day

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