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Improving status of Press freedom
03-05-2009

Maldives makes the largest jump on the status of press freedom, says the Freedom House in their 2008 annual study on press freedom around the world. Freedom House is a US based independent nongovernmental organization working on improving the status of press freedom around the world. In the report Maldives graduated to the partly free category with the adoption of the new constitution protecting freedom of expression and the release of a prominent journalist from life imprisonment.

Overall the survey found that the worlds freedom of expression has being going down. Out of the 195 countries and territories covered in the study, 70 (36 percent) are rated Free, 61 (31 percent) are rated Partly Free and 64 (33 percent) are rated Not Free. This represents a modest decline from the 2008 survey in which 72 countries and territories were Free, 59 Partly Free and 64 Not Free. The new survey found that only 17 percent of the world's population lives in countries that enjoy a free press.

The survey was conducted in 195 countries and territories. This is the seventh straight year of decline in global media freedom.
 

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