New Zealand is the only non-European country in the top ten of the Reporters without Borders Press Freedom Index for 2013. New Zealand has climbed five places to eighth in the annual list. Malawi are the biggest climbers, moving up 71 places to 75th place. Cote d’Ivoire climbed 63 to 96th, Burma is up 18 to 151, and Afghanistan is up 22 to 128. Mali dropped the furthest, down 74 places to 99th, while Tanzania, Oman, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Macedonia also suffered large drops. Eritrea, North Korea, Turkmenistan, Syria and Somalia make up the bottom five. Reporters Without Borders secretary general Christophe Deloire said certain types of political systems are more conducive to press freedom than others. New Zealand has jumped into the top ten that this is huge for journalists in the area.
“The Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders does not take direct account of the kind of political system but it is clear that democracies provide better protection for the freedom to produce and circulate accurate news and information than countries where human rights are flouted,” Deloire said. “In dictatorships, news providers and their families are exposed to ruthless reprisals, while in democracies news providers have to cope with the media’s economic crises and conflicts of interest. While their situation is not always comparable, we should pay tribute to all those who resist pressure whether it is aggressively focused or diffuse.” Massey University journalism lecturer Cathy Strong told Newstalk ZB New Zealanders can be blasé about the information the media has access to. She says information gained about mayors, MPs, and what is happening in Parliament is because the media is there covering it all the time. More freedom is allowed for journalists in New Zealand more than any other place within tens of thousands of miles. They’re right next to Australia and still have better journalists and opportunities for them.
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by Craig Waldron
Average Internet connection speeds in Australia dropped 23 per cent year-on-year in 2012, according to a report by Akamai Technologies. Average connection speeds in the 2012 quarter fell 2.3 per cent compared to Q3, according to the Fourth Quarter 2012 State of the Internet report. Australia’s global ranking for connection speeds fell one place to 41 in the quarter, compared to the previous quarter. The report found adoption rates of broadband of speeds greater than 10Mbps in Australia fell 56 per cent, compared to the same period in 2011, while global broadband adoption rates greater than 4Mbps increased 42 per cent. Globally, average Internet speeds increased 5 per cent to 2.9Mbps quarter-on-quarter. Year-on-year, average connection speeds increased 25 per cent, with the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Japan all reporting growth.
Peak global Internet speeds increased 35 per cent year-on-year, according to the report. Average connection speeds on surveyed mobile networks ranged from 345kbps to 8.0Mbps in the fourth quarter, with 64 providers delivering average connection speeds of more than 1Mbps. The report also found China accounted for 41 per cent of online attack traffic, up from 33 per cent in the previous quarter, followed by the US accounting for 10 per cent of attack traffic. DDoS attacks reported by Akamai customers increased more than 200 per cent from 2011, with 768 attacks reported by 413 unique organizations. A total of 35 per cent of those attacks targeted the commerce sector and 22 per cent on media and entertainment companies.
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