World Press Freedom Index 2015: decline on all fronts

The Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria that include media pluralism and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists, and the legislative, institutional and infrastructural environment in which the media operate. Most countries saw a decline, but several saw improvements: Mongolia, Tonga, Madagascar, Georgia, Ivory Coast, Nepal, Tunisia, Brazil, and Mexico.

Some themes emerged, including blasphemy is being used politically for religious censorship, and security is the grounds most often given by governments – both those that are democratic and those that are not – for trampling on fundamental freedoms and gagging the media.

For a country rankings and more themes and insights, visit this link:!/index-details. By the way, the U.S. is ranked 48th “best” out of 180 countries, but its ranking declined from last year. Thanks for Reporters Without Borders for providing unbiased rankings.

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