2. Sharpest declines in Americas
Some of the sharpest declines in press freedom occurred in the America's region, a region that includes poor performers such as Venezuela and Cuba, but otherwise contains many elected democracies. Two countries that saw their ratings drop from â€śFreeâ€ť to â€śPartly Freeâ€ť were Chile and Guyana, because of threats to journalists and restrictions on covering protests. Mexico, which fell to â€śNot Freeâ€ť status in 2010 because of instability and the murder of journalists, remains one of the most dangerous countries for journalists.