New corruption list out. Still a link between corruption and media suppression

Transparency International released its latest list of corruption in the world.

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
169 Rwanda 178 89 66
170 Yemen 173 154 146
171 China 181 79 78
172 Sudan 165 176 172
173 Syria 178 126 127
174 Burma 194 178 176
175 Iran 187 168 146
176 Turkmenistan 194 168 172
177 North Korea 196 No Data No Data
178 Eritrea 192 126 123

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).

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