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Human Rights:
Press Freedom in the Middle East

(2002 - Present)


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The annual Freedom of the Press Index (published by Freedom House NGO) assesses the degree of print, broadcast, and internet freedom in every country in the world, analyzing the events and developments of each calendar year. Ratings are determined through an examination of three broad categories: the legal environment in which media operate; political influences on reporting and access to information; and, economic pressures on content and the dissemination of news.
Ratings reflect not just government actions and policies, but the behavior of the press in testing boundaries, even in restrictive environments, as well as the impact of nonstate actors. Each country receives a numerical rating from 0 (most free) to 100 (least free), which serves as the basis for a status designation of Free, Partly Free or Not Free.
The following chart ranks the Middle East:
Country
2013
Designation
Overall Rating
Regional Rank
 
2012 Designation
2002
Designation
Israel
Partly Free
31
1
Free
Free
Tunisia
Partly Free
52
2
Partly Free
Not Free
Lebanon
Partly Free
53
3
Partly Free
Not Free
Kuwait
Partly Free
59
4
Partly Free
Partly Free
Libya
Partly Free
59
4
Partly Free
Not Free
Algeria
Not Free
61
6
Not Free
Not Free
Egypt
Not Free
62
7
Partly Free
Not Free
Jordan
Not Free
63
8
Not Free
Partly Free
Morocco
Not Free
66
9
Not Free
Partly Free
Iraq
Not Free
67
10
Not Free
Not Free
Qatar
Not Free
67
10
Not Free
Not Free
Oman
Not Free
71
12
Not Free
Not Free
United Arab Emirates
Not Free
74
13
Not Free
Not Free
Yemen
Not Free
79
14
Not Free
Not Free
Saudi Arabia
Not Free
84
15
Not Free
Not Free
Palestinian Territories
Not Free
84
15
Not Free
Not Free
Bahrain
Not Free
86
17
Not Free
Not Free
Syria
Not Free
89
18
Not Free
Not Free
Iran
Not Free
92
19
Not Free
Not Free

Sources: Freedom House

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