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Corrupt or not?

Transparency International (TI) has released its report for 2010. With a score of 3.2 points Sri Lanka is ranked 91 out of 178 countries, up from 97th position last year. Of interest is how the news was reported. The government Sunday Observer interpreted this to mean that Sri Lanka was “low in corruption”, while ColomboPage reported a “marginal” improvement in tackling corruption but noted that “based on the criteria used by the TI Sri Lanka is not among the countries shown improvement from 2009 to 2010”. The Sri Lanka Guardian on the other hand pointed out that “Sri Lanka continues to be among the world's most corrupt nations”, going on to note that “even countries like Rwanda (66), Ghana(62), Namibia (56) and Botswana (33) are ahead of Sri Lanka in terms of transparency”.