Press freedom still lacking worldwide

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Posted: Monday, November 29, 2004

''Reporters Without Borders'' has just re-leased its third-annual global study, which includes a survey of press freedoms found around the world. The report shows that currently the freedom of the press is particularly threatened in Eastern Asia, where the isolated North Korea earned the lowest ranking of 167. ...

Cuba, the only dictatorship in Latin America, figures woefully in the report, ranking 166th. ... Cuba is surpassed only by China in the number of journalists in prison. China has 27 men behind bars; Cuba has 26.

The greatest press freedoms are found in Europe, where the top rankings were given to Denmark, Finland and Ireland. ...

Freedom of the press is an ideal that is far from being unanimously respected in the world. A great distance remains on the path toward appreciating this essential institution of free societies.

La Nacion, Buenos Aires - Nov. 15

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