Friday, February 13, 2015

SHOCKING REVALATION: RSF Denounces a General Deterioration of Press Freedom in the World


Just wait 'til they discover the effects of Net Neutrality...

PARIS – Freedom of the press has generally deteriorated in the world in 2014, according to index rankings released on Thursday by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

The index shows that countries ruled by dictatorial regimes still occupy the last global positions in this category.

Christophe Deloire, RSF’s secretary general, told Efe that 2014 was marked by an 8-percent decline in the worldwide press freedom index.

The new classification, which assessed the situation in 180 countries, kept Eritrea, North Korea, Turkmenistan and Syria in the last four positions.

At the other end, Scandinavian countries again monopolized the top positions, although RSF noted a general deterioration of press freedom worldwide due to “wars, the growing threat from non-State actors, police violence against protesters and the economic crisis,” according to RSF’s website.

Deloire also mentioned the link between a country’s wealth and freedom of the press, although there are some exceptions.

China continued its economic improvement while its press freedom ratings dropped significantly, while Niger, one of the world’s poorest countries, was ranked 47th, higher than the United States of America, according to Deloire.

Venezuela dropped 20 positions to the 137th rank, after the Republican National Guard fired on journalists during a demonstration, and Ecuador fell 13 spots to the 108th place due to its new communications law, which the non-profit organization calls “institutionalized censorship.”


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