And the list confirms that the relationship between countries with high levels of corruption and lack of a free press.
|RSF Ranking||Country||Freedom House||Transparency Intl. 2009||Transparency Intl. 2010|
|Worst=178||RSF Bottom 10||Worst=196||Worst=180||Worst=178|
|177||North Korea||196||No Data||No Data|
The countries with numbers in red indicate “membership” in the bottom 10 of their respective indexes. A number of countries can be “tied” in their position in the list, such as Turkmenistan and Burma in the 2010 Transparency list.
For the United States, the rankings aren’t so hot. Seems the USA dropped out of the top 20 for honesty.
According to Reuters:
Nancy Boswell, president of TI in the United States, said lending practices in the subprime crisis, the disclosure of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme and rows over political funding had all rattled public faith about prevailing ethics in America. “We’re not talking about corruption in the sense of breaking the law,” she said.
“We’re talking about a sense that the system is corrupted by these practices. There’s an integrity deficit.”
At least in the States that “integrity deficit” can be openly discussed. In China or Iran or Venezuela discussing such a deficit gets you tossed in jail.
FYI: The three countries that tied for least corrupt are Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore. And the bottom three were Somalia (178) Myanmar (176) and Afghanistan (176).