January 27, 2012 11:26
South Korea has dropped two spots to rank 44th in the latest report on media freedom by Reporters Without Borders.
Topping this year's World Press Freedom Index by the nonprofit organization were Finland and Norway, while Eritrea placed bottom of the list. North Korea was one slot higher at 178th.
The group, which campaigns for the rights of imprisoned journalists, said that last year's wave of democracy protests in the Arab world led to the worst ever rankings for Syria, Bahrain and Yemen.
Japan dropped 11 spots for excessive restrictions following last year's tsunami and Fukushima nuclear accident. However, no inquiries were returned on why South Korea scored marginally worse this year.
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