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Jamaica moves up eight places in World Press Freedom Index

Published:Thursday | February 12, 2015 | 9:28 AM

Damion Mitchell, Editor - Radio & Online

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Jamaica has moved up eight places to be ranked ninth out of 180 countries in the just released World Press Freedom Index compiled by the global media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders.

In 2014, Jamaica was ranked 17th out of 180 countries and in 2013 it was ranked 13th out of 178 territories.

This is the first time Jamaica is being ranked in the top 10 since 2003 when it began featuring in the global press freedom survey.

Jamaica’s ninth place ranking in the 2015 Wold Press Freedom Index, is right behind Canada in eighth position.

Jamaica's closest neighbours - the United States is ranked at 49th, Haiti, 58th and Cuba at 169th.

Meanwhile, Finland has again received the best ranking in first position followed by Norway, second.

Eritrea is the worst ranked country at 180th, just below Korea at 179th.

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