Surprising Press Freedom Rankings
Sub-Saharan Africa has several standouts. Namibia is placed in the highest category, and Cape Verde is rated ahead of Canada, Denmark, and Sweden. Mali, Niger, Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa, Botswana, and Comoros all come out ahead of the United States. (The United States received an unusually low ranking this year due to the arrests of several journalists covering the “Occupy Wall Street” movement.)
In the former Soviet realm, Estonia distinguished itself, as is often the case. According to the report, Estonia trails only Finland and Norway in regard to freedom of the press.