More political freedom=More press freedom=Less corruption

There really is something to be said for political and press freedom when it comes to fighting corruption. Each year groups come out with rankings of each of these but few have put them together.

And there is a link.

In those countries with limited or no political or press freedom, government officials get away with corruption with impunity. Ending corruption also means protecting political and press freedoms.

Journalists unencumbered by political dictates from corrupt government leaders can go where ever the story leads. They can call into question government policies by informing the public of questionable practices.

Of course free media depend on political freedom as well. The information dug up by enterprising reporters means little unless the public can act on it. And for that public to act, it needs political freedom.

The equation is easy: More political freedom=More press freedom=Less corruption.

Let’s take a look at the bottom of the list for corruption, as listed in the 2013 Transparency International Index.

Corruption Index 2013 Bottom 20

Rank

Country

2013 Score

2012 Score

157

Burundi

21

19

157

Myanmar

21

15

157

Zimbabwe

21

20

160

Cambodia

20

22

160

Eritrea

20

25

160

Venezuela

20

19

163

Chad

19

19

163

Equatorial Guinea

19

20

163

Guinea Bissau

19

25

163

Haiti

19

19

167

Yemen

18

23

168

Syria

17

26

168

Turkmenistan

17

17

168

Uzbekistan

17

17

171

Iraq

16

18

172

Libya

15

21

173

South Sudan

14

0

174

Sudan

11

13

175

Afghanistan

8

8

175

North Korea

8

8

175

Somalia

8

8

Now let’s look at the bottom of the political rights/civil liberties list from Freedom House.

Freedom House Political Freedom Bottom 20

Edition *

2013

Year(s) covered

 

2012

 

 

PR

CL

Status

Iran

6

6

NF

Iraq

6

6

NF

Rwanda

6

6

NF

Tajikistan

6

6

NF

United Arab Emirates

6

6

NF

Yemen

6

6

NF

Zimbabwe

6

6

NF

Belarus

7

6

NF

Chad

7

6

NF

China

7

6

NF

Cuba

7

6

NF

Laos

7

6

NF

Equatorial Guinea

7

7

NF

Eritrea

7

7

NF

North Korea

7

7

NF

Saudi Arabia

7

7

NF

Somalia

7

7

NF

Sudan

7

7

NF

Syria

7

7

NF

Turkmenistan

7

7

NF

And finally, the bottom of the press freedom group, also by Freedom House.

Freedom House Press Freedom Bottom 20

Press Freedom Edition

2013

Year(s) Covered

2012

SCORE

STATUS

Ethiopia

82

NF

China

83

NF

Congo, Democratic Republic of

83

NF

Gambia, The

83

NF

Kazakhstan

84

NF

Laos

84

NF

Saudi Arabia

84

NF

Somalia

84

NF

Vietnam

84

NF

West Bank and Gaza Strip

84

NF

Bahrain

86

NF

Syria

88

NF

Equatorial Guinea

91

NF

Cuba

92

NF

Iran

92

NF

Belarus

93

NF

Eritrea

94

NF

Uzbekistan

95

NF

North Korea

96

NF

Turkmenistan

96

NF

Basically we see a rogues list of repressive regimes in each of these groups.

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  1. Pingback: If Xi is serious about fighting corruption, release the media’s shackles | Journalism, Journalists and the World

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