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In total, 45 countries now place higher when it comes to freedom of the press than America does.

 According to the World Press Freedom Index, America slipped 13 spots on the index in a single year.

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The index is compiled by Reporters Without Borders. Researchers use the following variables when scoring countries.

-Media independence and pluralism: Measures the degree to which the media are able to function independently of the authorities.
-Environment and self-censorship: Analyses the environment in which journalists work.
-Legislative framework: Analyses the quality of the legislative framework and measures its effectiveness.
-Transparency: Measures the transparency of the institutions and procedures that affect the production of news and information.
-Infrastructure: Measures the quality of the infrastructure that supports the production of news and information.

Finland, the Netherlands, and Norway top the Index in first, second, and third places respectively.

Turkmenistan, North Korea, and Eritrea round out the bottom of the list.

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