In this week's Learning Zone you were asked about how much freedom you think journalists had in your country.
Tom then showed you this map, which outlines how much freedom journalists have in each country. You can explore an interactive version here.
From the Reports Without Borders website:
"The Index ranks 180 countries and regions according to the level of freedom available to journalists. It is a snapshot of the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country and region. It does not rank public policies even if governments obviously have a major impact on their country’s ranking. Nor is it an indicator of the quality of journalism in each country or region."
From the map, can you pick out:
- One thing it shows that surprises you and why
- One thing it shows that you think everyone should know and why
- One thing it shows that you think might change in the future and why
Challenge: Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to two journalists in 2021 is one way that democratic countries are highlighting the importance of press freedom.
Can you think of any other ways that the democratic countries, that give freedom to the press, could help develop press freedom across the world? What would need to happen to make this work?
Answer each question above in no more than 100 words.