There are lots of democracy and civic institution capacity measuring folk out there, but my No 1 test for any country has always been:
a) Can you freely obtain the IHT without any of the pages been torn out or blocked-out before you get your hands on it?
b) Is the government (like Singapore) going to sue the IHT?
This post made me think of Afghanistan?
Anyone in circulation know if it is available in Kabul, and if so how? Please post a comment if you do.
Afghan journalist sentenced to death for distributing paper 'against Islam'
KABUL, Afghanistan: An Afghan court on Tuesday sentenced a 23-year-old journalism student to death for distributing a paper he printed off the Internet that three judges said violated the tenets of Islam, an official said.
The three-judge panel sentenced Sayad Parwez Kambaksh to death for distributing a paper that humiliated Islam, said Fazel Wahab, the chief judge in the northern province of Balkh, where the trial took place. Wahab did not preside over the trial.