Estonia tops Freedom House internet freedom rankings (1)
The freshly released Freedom on the Net 2016 report of US-based non-government watchdog Freedom House has ranked Estonia on par with Iceland as the countries with the freest internet.
Estonia and Iceland ranked tops among the 65 countries assessed with a score of 6 out of 100.
There are no obstacles to internet access in Estonia, while limits on content and violations of user rights rated 3 minus points each.
Freedom House assesses internet freedom on a scale of 0 to 100, with a higher score indicating less freedom on the internet. Countries with scores of 0-30 are rated as Free; 17 countries fell within this range in the newest edition of the report.
Canada, the US, Germany and Australia followed the pair with respective scores of 16, 18, 19 and 21 points out of 100, while the bottom three on the list were China, Syria and Iran, with scores of 88, 87 and 87, respectively.
The 2016 ratings reflect developments from June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016.