Laval, Canada - February 15, 2003

Lebanon's democratic ranking compared to peer countries is weak

RCPL Based on rankings obtained from World Audit, Lebanon's ranking as a democratic country has deteriorating significantly in the past year.
Lebanon dropped from 89 to 119 in a range of 1 to 149. By comparison, Canada rates 9 which is considered a very high result. While Lebanon's 2001 ranking was similar to more progressive systems in the Middle East, including Kuwait at 74, Morocco at 85 and Jordan at 81, it has now joined the ranks of more authoritarian regimes, including Egypt at 115, United Arab Emirates at 119 and Syria at 130.

In the past year, political rights and civil liberties remained low at 6 and 5, respectively, out of a range of 1 to 7. However, the press freedom index deteriorated heavily, dropping from 61 to 119, in a range of 0 to 100. Lebanon, once considered the freest press in the Middle East, is now below Kuwait at 74, Morocco at 88 and Jordan at 91. Lebanon's press freedom index now ressembles United Arab Emirates, Egypt (124) and Syria (128).

As for economic freedom, Lebanon prouds itself for being a free capitalistic system. It ranks 88 in a range of 1 to 155. 
It is ahead of regional countries such as Syria (145) and Egypt (121), however it is significantly below Uited Arab Emirates at 23, Kuwait at 53 and Jordan at 45.

Overall, Lebanon's situation has deteriorated significantly and it ranks behind moderate countries in the region including Jordan and Morocco. 

Topics  Range Lebanon 2001 Lebanon Canada Syria Jordan Egypt Turkey Morocco Kuweit UAE

World Democracy Audit overalld

1 - 149 89 119 9 130 81 115 95 85 74 119

Political Rights 

1 - 7 6 6 1 7 5 6 4 5 4 6

Civil Liberties 

 1 - 7 5 5 1 7 5 6 5 5 5 5

Press Freedom 

0 - 100 61 119 12 128 91 124 88 88 74 119

Economic freedom 

1 - 155   88 15 145 45 121 105 76 53 23

Source: World Audit, September 2002

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