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Costa Rica leads press freedom

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Costa Rica, which fell four spots to 10th globally as a result of controversy over coverage of national elections, nevertheless finished in first place in Latin America for the third consecutive year, according to the 2018 ranking of press freedom by Reporters Without Borders.

El Salvador – second in the isthmus – fell four spots to 66th worldwide, while Honduras in 141st place is last in Central America.

Norway is the global leader for the second year in a row, while North Korea is last.

Pluralism, security, consistent jurisprudence, and government transparency are some of the criteria used in the ranking of 180 countries (numbers in brackets indicate each country’s position in the global index).

1Costa Rica (10)

2 El Salvador (66)

3Nicaragua (90)

4Panama (91)

5Guatemala (116)

6Honduras (141)