The purpose of the World Press Freedom Index, developed by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), is to compare the level of press freedom enjoyed by journalists and media in 180 countries and territories.
Each country or territory’s score is evaluated using five contextual indicators that reflect the press freedom situation in all of its complexity: political context, legal framework, economic context, sociocultural context and safety.
Estonia jumped 11 places to enter the top five this year, while Myanmar dropped 36 positions to fall into the bottom five. The United States ranks 42nd.
Source: Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders