Fear, Violence and Hate: 2019 World Press Freedom Index

The 2019 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders shows how hatred of journalists has degenerated into violence, contributing to an increase in fear. The number of countries regarded as safe, where journalists can work in complete security, continues to decline, while authoritarian regimes continue to tighten their grip on the media. The RSF Index, which evaluates the state of journalism in 180 countries and territories every year, shows that an intense climate of fear has been triggered — one that is prejudicial to a safe reporting environment. The hostility towards journalists expressed by political leaders in many countries has incited increasingly serious and frequent acts of violence that have fuelled an unprecedented level of fear and danger for journalists. Only 24 percent of the 180 countries and territories are classified as “good” or “fairly good,” as opposed to 26 percent last year. As a result of an increasingly hostile climate that goes beyond Donald Trump’s comments, the United States has fallen three places in this year’s Index and the media climate is now classified as “problematic.”

Source: RSF

Posted on: April 18, 2019

New RSF Info & Democracy Panel

Seventy years after the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has formed of a panel of 25 prominent figures -- including Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, Nobel economics laureates Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen, Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa and Nigerian human rights lawyer Hauwa Ibrahim -- to draft an International Declaration on Information and Democracy. The panel is being created at a time when “the crisis of trust in democracies and the growing influence of despotic regimes pose a major threat to freedoms, civil harmony and peace,” the co-chairs wrote.

Source: RSF

Posted on: September 12, 2018

RSF Names 39 “Predators” of Freedom of Information

For World Press Freedom Day, Reporters Without Borders has updated its list of groups and individuals who are "predators of freedom of information." The roster includes 39 government leaders, politicians, religious figures, militias, and criminal groups that censor, imprison, kidnap, torture, and kill journalists and other news providers worldwide.

Source: Reporters Without Borders

Posted on: May 5, 2013