The United States fell to the 9th freest
from 8th last year and United Kingdom slipped to 16 place from 11 in 2010 due to more policy responses to the global economic turmoil, it added.
Although Lebanon is home to the freest
and most diverse media in the Arab world, its newspapers, news websites and television channels regularly play into the country's deep-seated political and sectarian schisms, the International Press Institute (IPI) said in its annual World Press Freedom Review, released last week.
'The EDB is working with stakeholders in both the private and public sectors in Bahrain to bring about a change process that is inextricably linked to the task of making Bahrain one of the freest
economies in the world - a place in which our businesses, our citizens and our society can thrive,' EDB chief executive Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa said.
economy in the Middle East and the only country in MENA to feature in the world's top 20, Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal's 2009 Index of Economic Freedom (January, 2009).
As for freedom in the different regions of the country, the report finds that the Mountain and West North Central regions are the freest
overall; the Middle Atlantic lags far behind.
Bahrain was the only Middle Eastern country to be ranked amongst the top 20 freest
economies in the world and has been ranked No1 in the GCC for 15 years, since the launch of the index in 1995.
To tell the story of Islamic democracy without considering the group that came to power in what Silverstein calls "a vote among the freest
ever seen in the Middle East" is to tell the story incompletely.
Rather than kowtow to the fringes of the Religious Right by giving them exactly what they want--an abandonment of the phrase separation of church and state--we need to confront them and correct their mistakes by pointing out the numerous ways in which church-state separation has made America the freest
nation on the planet.
A U.S.-based research institution on Tuesday rated Hong Kong as the world's freest
economy for the 13th consecutive year but warned that runner-up Singapore could take the top spot with improved financial freedom.
BRITAIN has been ranked sixth in a global league table of the world's freest
Iraqis voted yesterday in one of the largest and freest
elections in the Arab world, with a strong turnout reported in Sunni areas and even a shortage of ballots in some areas.