By MARK PEARSON Follow @Journlaw
The international media freedom group Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF – Reporters Without Borders) has released its 2011-12 World Press Freedom Index and Australia has slipped 12 places from 18th to 30th among the 179 countries ranked.
That result and the organisation’s methodology deserve explanation and debate, which I offer in my article in Online Opinion today.
As RSF’s Australian correspondent for the past six years, I offer some insights on both fronts.
First I assess the factors contributing to Australia’s decline in its media freedom status since 2010.
Then I explain why the RSF ranking process is indicative rather than scientifically precise.
Interested? Read my piece in Online Opinion today.
© Mark Pearson 2012
Disclaimer: While I write about media law and ethics, nothing here should be construed as legal advice. I am an academic, not a lawyer. My only advice is that you consult a lawyer before taking any legal risks.