Freedom House, an International Media Freedom watchdog has released its findings for the year 2012. All the countries under observation have been graded on the following scale;
A Free country is one where there is open political competition, a climate of respect for civil liberties, significant independent civic life, and independent media.
A Partly Free country is one in which there is limited respect for political rights and civil liberties. Partly Free states frequently suffer from an environment of corruption, weak rule of law, ethnic and religious strife, and a political landscape in which a single party enjoys dominance despite a certain degree of pluralism.
A Not Free country is one where basic political rights are absent, and basic civil liberties are widely and systematically denied.
To access the detailed map by Freedom House please click Map of Freedom 2013