Arab Uprisings and Their Impact On The Press Freedom Index

Jan. 25, 2012, 7:06 p.m.

Reporters without Borders has released a short report exploring the impact of the Arab Spring on press freedom in the region.

The Arab uprisings and the measures taken by governments to control news and information in response to the uprisings had a major impact on the ranking of countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa. From Morocco to Bahrain and Yemen, few countries were spared by this wave of pro-democracy uprisings, which prompted major crackdowns. Some predators of press freedom fell from power, but others remain in place. The transitions that have begun are not necessarily leading towards more pluralism and most of the changes in the rankings have been downward ones. The freedoms that have been won are fragile and could easily be swept away.  

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