Bosnia ranks best in region in RSF global press freedom survey.

By bne IntelliNews October 21, 2010
Bosnia and Herzegovina ranked best in South-East Europe in terms of press freedom in the 2010 Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontiers, RSF), the international organization said on its website. The country was placed 47th (out of 178) in the survey, which was based on press freedom violations between Sep 1, 2009 and Sep 1, 2010. The index put Croatia at position 62 (tied with Botswana), Macedonia at 68, Bulgaria at 70 (tied with Benin, Comoros, Greece and Kenya), Albania at 80, Serbia at 85, Kosovo at 92 and Montenegro at 104, tied with Angola and Niger. According to the RSF disclaimer, the survey takes into account every kind of violation directly affecting journalists, such as murders, imprisonment, physical attacks and threats, and news media - censorship, confiscation of newspaper issues, searches and harassment. It includes the degree of impunity enjoyed by those responsible for press freedom violations and also measures the level of self-censorship in each country and the ability of the media to investigate and criticize. The rankings also take account of the legal framework for the media (including penalties for press offences, the existence of a state monopoly for certain kinds of media and how the media are regulated) and the level of independence of the public media. It also reflects violations of the free flow of information on the Internet. The index is, however, in no way an indication of the quality of the press in the countries concerned, RSF said.

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