National Geographic will soon be publishing an Arabic edition in, among other countries, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.
In 2009, Denmark ranked #1 in press freedom; Eritrea ranked #175 — dead last. Here’s how our Society’s new “partner” countries rank:
Saudi Arabia: #163
Which makes us wonder: If senior executives at our Society don’t feel as though the editorial content of our Magazine is compromised by publishing in these countries, then would they have any reservations about publishing in North Korea — at #174, only seven spots behind Yemen, and only one ahead of last-place Eritrea)?
Here’s some (funky) food for your thought….