For the first time in three years, North Korea evaded the wooden spoon: The country is no longer ranked last in Reporters Without Borders’ annual World Press Freedom Index published Thursday. Read more: 10 ‘most urgent’ global press freedom cases, April 2019“There have been instances of journalists needing police protection for reporting on organized crime,” said Ahrens-Urbanek, who stressed the importance of reversing this negative trend in countries that have typically had strong press freedom. The Central African Republic saw the biggest decline in the press freedom index — a drop of 33 places. Huge improvements in a short timeBut it is not all bad news: Some countries have made progress when it comes to fostering press freedom. Reporters Without Borders said that under Prime Minister Adama Barrow, Gambia has seen a plurality emerge in the media industry.
Source: Egypt Independent April 18, 2019 08:48 UTC