The Freedom House published a new map of Press Freedom in 2009. You can find it on www.freedomhouse.org. According to the Freedom House press freedom is now in decline in almost every part of the world.
Quote: ‘Only 17 percent of the world’s citizens live in countries that enjoy a free press. In the rest of the world, governments as well as non-state actors control the viewpoints that reach citizens and brutally repress independent voices who aim to promote accountability, good governance, and economic development.’
The Map of the Freedom House is a parameter IFAJ uses for accepting new country organizations as a member of IFAJ. The countries must be free or partly free. If not IFAJ can decide to accept – under conditions – an organization of agricultural journalists in such a country as an observer.