KUWAIT: The Freedom House has ranked Kuwait highly in its annual freedom of the press report. According to the report issued on Thursday, Kuwait stands third amongst Arab countries after Tunisia and Lebanon in the press freedom index. The report, which included 197 countries around the world, said there has been a considerable retreat in freedom of the press worldwide, namely in the Middle East. Freedom House has been annually issuing this report since 1980, which has been used as a reference by governments, international organizations, academics, activists and media networks around the world.