The press in Japan is free and unrestricted. Most print media and broadcasting stations are privately owned. The only obstacle to freedom of the press in Japan is the kisha kurabu, or press clubs. To ensure news coverage is homogeneous, these clubs foster relations between politicians, bureaucrats and media representatives. In exchange for direct access to politicians, in political reportage journalists practice self- censorship. Therefore, the ability of the media to pressure politicians into greater transparency and accountability is somewhat constrained. The use of the internet is free and unrestricted. In their 2010 Index, Reporters Without Borders ranked Japan as position 11 out of 178.