The press freedom index that Reporters Without Borders publishes every year measures the level of freedom of information in different countries. Reporters Without Borders compiles the index every year on the basis of questionnaires that are completed by hundreds of journalists and media experts around the world. This year’s index reflects press freedom violations that took place between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009.
According to the Reporters Without Borders, Journalists have suffered more than ever this year in Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Iran. Already at the lower end of the rankings in previous years, Iran reached the gates of the infernal trio at the very bottom – Turkmenistan (173rd), North Korea (174th) and Eritrea (175th) – where the media are so suppressed they are non-existent.