Cambodia jumped to 85th from 108th in the Worldwide Press Freedom Index measuring
the level of press freedom in 169 countries. The October 16 index from Reporters
Without Borders pointed to the Cambodian government's decision to decriminalize press
offenses, adding that while no journalist was imprisoned this year in Cambodia, some
journalists received death threats, especially when covering corruption. Eritrea
took over last place from North Korea. Iceland and Norway tied for first. The report
noted the importance of the internet as a site for both free press and violations
to free press.