Reporters Without Borders has released its 2003 rankings of world press freedom.
Australia is ranked 50th on the list of 166 countries. Finland is first and North Korea last.
According to Reporters Without Borders: “The ranking measures the state of press freedom in the world. It reflects the degree of freedom that journalists and news organisations enjoy in each country, and the efforts undertaken by the state to respect and ensure respect for this freedom.”
The rankings are based on local responses to a questionnaire with 53 criteria for assessing the state of press freedom in each country.