Middle East & North Africa

Only one country in this region, Israel, is rated as having a free press by Freedom House. Reporters Without Borders rates Israel, along with Lebanon, as having noticeable problems. Freedom House puts four countries in this region as partly free category and the remaining 14 in the not free category. Reporters Without Borders points to Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Yemen as the countries in the region where the press is in a very serious situation.