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Kuwait back as leader in freedom of the press in the Arab world

After falling down behind Lebanon last year, Kuwait is once again back in the lead in the latest World Press Freedom Index for 2012. Below is the ranking for the Middle East and North Africa, the global ranking is in the brackets:

1- Kuwait (78)
2- Israel (92)
3- Lebanon (93)
4- UAE (112)
5- Qatar (114)
6- Oman (117)
7- Algeria (112)
8- Jordan (128)
9- Tunis (134)
10- Morocco (138)
11- Iraq (152)
12- Palestine (153)
13- Libya (154)
14- Saudi Arabia (158)
15- Egypt (166)
16- Sudan (170)
17- Yemen (171)
18- Bahrain (173)
19- Iran (175)
20- Syria (176)

You can check out the full list in PDF format [Here]

55 replies on “Kuwait back as leader in freedom of the press in the Arab world”

When Arab countries sent their Arab Jews to israel. They became more Arabic. But I guess the label Arab is not just culture or ethnicity but specifically language, but if a foreigner speaks Arabic it doesn’t make him Arabic either. So culture and ethnicity is also important and while differences do exists there are also similarities.

By definition that is correct, but there is a lot more to the situation than the language as an identity to the region.

Sorry, but I’m not buying it. As long as bloggers and journalists still get arrested, I wouldn’t call it “free”. As you know, neither of us can post what we want on blogs and as a writer, I can’t write what I want and have it published.

well i had to pay Benihana last week KD1,000 for writing my opinion on the place on the blog and yes tweeters and I think a blogger got detained this year for something they’ve posted online. But my guess is that the freedom of the press is just that, freedom of the press and doesn’t include bloggers who aren’t the press.

I would say it does. Kuwait leads the Arab world but it’s still number 78 worldwide, it’s just that if you were in a similar situation in Saudi you just mysteriously get deported.

It doesn’t say Kuwait has freedom of press let’s just say it’s less worse than a lot of countries after all our freedom of speech and press made the government resigns and you can write what ever you want as long your not making thing up about somebody or he could make a lawsuit against you.

The issue is that the rest of the Arab world has absolutely no freedom of the press. If a blogger can get arrested and Kuwait tops the list imagine how bad it is the farther down you go.

Oh I don’t doubt it. Censorship is alive and well in the States. But I’m speaking from the perspective of a journalist in Kuwait. I’ve been writing for 15 years (in print) and it has become increasingly harder to write about anything at all.

Can you elaborate? Is it because of government censorship or private interests (don’t write about this company because my cousin owns it, etc.)

How much did they pay them to put KWT at the top of the list? People can see through this and they only make themselves look more corrupt.

I don’t think that’s true because if that’s the case there are a lot of countries has more money and much bigger and they have more influence on the world than Kuwait like Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Israel why aren’t they on the top of the list.

Look at the other countries in the list. Is it really hard to beat countries that have secret police who turn in their family members for saying the wrong thing out loud?

is this even relevant? How do they determine which is where? or do they pull these statistics out of their /heads?

To be honest, I dont believe in such lists… All favorite countries of “publishing country” would be far from red or black. Just notice most of countroies that are red (specially russia) are more free than many europian countries.

when it come to freedom of press and speech in Kuwait things is getting better i mean five years ago people wouldn’t dare to say some of the things they say today.

When a country like Israel places second, you know the standards are below the ground when it comes to measuring “freedom” of anything in the middle east.

Really ? what freedom do i have as a non-Kuwaiti…?
1, i am 19 and still cant make a driving license.
2, cant start my own Business unless i have a Kuwaiti Partner or wasta.
3, cant buy my own property even if i have the money o_O
4, Kuwait University will not admit me because i am not a Kuwaiti !
5, i cannot vote x_x

well then i am born in Kuwait and living here from 19 years ! and i would love to become a citizen of Kuwait but nooooo Kuwait wont grant the citizenship x_x

What does that have to do with freedom of press and what country make you vote if ur not a citizen? are you crazy listen ur living her because it’s better than where ever you came from and if you don’t like living her and think badly of Kuwaiti you always have the option to go back or live in another country.

ok, forget about all other points lets just consider the 1st point ! is asking for a drivings license too much ? i mean i can help my grand parents move around… 🙁

Who cares about such ranking? number 78 in freedom of press with no homelessness. How many of the top 25 countries have citizens deprived of their basic necessity of shelter?

I don’t know why you guys are complaining & downplaying this achievement for Kuwaiti newspapers? Grab any Arabic/Middle Eastern newspaper and compare it with a Kuwaiti newspaper and see the obvious difference. Kuwaiti newspapers can print news, interviews, and columns that newspapers in the GCC & Middle East won’t even dare to do. Don’t believe me? Grab Kuwaiti & other MD newspapers and compare. The only real contenders to the Kuwaiti newspapers are the Lebanese ones.

Because Israel is jailing half its population in an apartheid state that you aren’t allowed to criticize? Also Israel’s religious extremists are increasingly having more and more say in their politics, they’ve started banning women from speaking at conferences because of them

Yup Kuwait and Lebanon should be top. I think there’s more freedom of press in Lebanon that in Kuwait, But nevertheless it’s something to be proud of.

I’ve said this before , this blog is a favorite among people who like to bitch and whine about how bad their live’s are , how Kuwait is’t Dubai , or Paris or New York , etc. people need to be constructive if they are going to complain . This Blog is turning into the ” Let’s hate on Kuwait” Blog .

Don’t know about freedom of the press but I do know they aren’t accurate! I’ve been to several places where things were printed and they were either way off with their “facts” or certain people were never mentioned. To give 2 examples:

There was a crane that tipped over and fell and killed a collegue in front of the school. Pictures were taken of the crane yet in the paper the company’s name was photoshoped and the company was never mentioned in the paper, only the Indian driver that ran away!

Another time some mixed westerners with Kuwaitis were playing skirmish in the desert. The police came and we explained it was a private game and we were just playing for fun! The police said no problem and left. The papers reported a group USA embassy staff were practice training. No mention of the Kuwaitis who were the people who actually spoke to police!

Yes they had freedom but it definitely wasn’t accurate!

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