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Reporters Without Borders: media experience unprecedented threats

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«The freedom of press in the world has never been more at risk than it is now,» announced Reporters Without Borders in its annual World Press Freedom Index on Wednesday, 26 April.

In the organization’s report, Latvia is put on 28th spot among 180 countries. Lithuania is on 36th and Estonia is on the 12th.

Compared with last year, Latvia’s press freedom situation has worsened by four spots. The situation in Lithuania has dropped one position. In Estonia, however, the level of press freedom has improved by two spots in the index.

In its annual report, RSF mention the ‘exceedingly toxic’ bashing of the media in Donald Trump’s election campaign and the political campaign before Brexit referendum in the UK. The situation is at the tipping point, RSF warn.

USA and UK have both lost two positions in the index, dropping to 43rd and 40th place respectively.

RSF emphasize that freedom of press is very poor in 72 countries, including Russia, China and India.

It is noted that media freedom is oppressed more and more by growing monitoring and emergence of authoritarian leaders around the world.

Attacks on media have become a common sight. More and more authoritarian leaders come into power. We are now in the era of intolerance, propaganda and oppression of freedom, especially in democratic countries, the report mentions. «Donald Trump’s election as president and the Brexit campaign in the UK both featured major denunciation of the media, excessively toxic discourse aimed against the media. This will lead the world into an era of intolerance, disinformation and false news,» RSF reports.

Countries that are at the very end of the list are China (176th), Syria (177th), Turkmenistan (178th), Eritrea (179th) and North Korea (180th).

On the other end of the spectrum are Norway (1st), Sweden (2nd) and Finland (3rd).

RSF compiled the index using factors like media independence, self-censure, rule of law, transparency and violations to determine the level of press freedom in different countries around the world.

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