Five things to know about Freedom House's latest global rankings

A look at the 2012 Freedom House ranking of 197 countries according to their relative freedom. 

2. Sharpest declines in Americas

Some of the sharpest declines in press freedom occurred in the America's region, a region that includes poor performers such as Venezuela and Cuba, but otherwise contains many elected democracies. Two countries that saw their ratings drop from “Free” to “Partly Free” were Chile and Guyana, because of threats to journalists and restrictions on covering protests. Mexico, which fell to “Not Free” status in 2010 because of instability and the murder of journalists, remains one of the most dangerous countries for journalists.

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