Australia has fallen 12 places in a league table of press freedom – and now trails the UK, despite the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.
The France-based Reporters Without Borders index cited the Australian government’s media inquiry as the reason for the drop.
Australia now ranks 30th, one place behind Niger. The UK fell from 19th to 28th spot.
New Zealand, usually in the top ten, fell to 13th.