The U.S. public can be awfully neurotic when it comes to the media: consumers can't get enough of it, but at the same time harbor deep suspicions about what motivates media
coverage. One problem the U.S. has been generally spared is media bribery, which is rampant in other nations and should be a concern for multinational companies. Now, researchers
have come up with the first comprehensive index that ranks 66 of the world's nations for the likelihood that print journalists will seek or accept cash for news coverage from
government officials, businesses or other sources. According to the study, bribery of the media is most likely to occur in China, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
The U.S. had the sixth best rating, after Canada, Austria, Sweden, The Netherlands and Belgium.