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

Mother Mushroom Freed, Flees Vietnam

After two years in prison, Vietnam's Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who blogged under the name Me Nâm (Mother Mushroom), was freed this week. She has left to take up residence in the United States. Convicted of “anti-state propaganda,” she refused to confess, as all she had done was blog about environmental problems and human rights. Reporters Without Borders ranks Vietnam 175th out of 180 countries in its 2018 World Press Freedom Index.

Source: RSF

Posted on: December 13, 2018

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