The percentage of the world’s population living in societies with a fully free press has fallen to its lowest level in over a decade, according to a Freedom House report released today.
The study, "Freedom of the Press 2013," found an overall downturn in global media freedom in 2012 "punctuated by dramatic decline in Mali, deterioration in Greece, and a further tightening of controls in Latin America."
In Latin America, 15 countries were ranked with a "free press," 14 had a "partly free" press and six had "not free" press.
Among the Latin America highlights are:
St. Lucia ranked among the top for press freedom coming in at 12 out of 196 on the list.
Costa Rica came in at 23 (tied with the United States.)
Peru came in at 89
Bolivia and Panama tied at 94
The nations ranked "Not Free" were:
Mexico, Ecuador, Paraguay tied at 134
And at the bottom of the barrel was Cuba at 191. It's tied with Iran.