RSF releases World Press Freedom Index 2015: ‘There has been a drastic decline in freedom of information’


(originally posted on Daily Times)

By Faizan Warraich

LAHORE: Reporters Without Borders has said that there was ‘drastic decline’ in freedom of information in 2014 worldwide, Pakistan is ranked on 159 number out of 180 countries surveyed, according to the press freedom index released by the non-governmental organisation.

Pakistan is ranked at 159 out of 180 countries. The Reporters Without Borders said and in 2014 two working journalist were killed in Pakistan. The press freedom index 2015 was released on Reporter Without Borders website:

Pakistan has lowered down one number in index in comparison to last years’ freedom index in which Pakistan was on 158th published and compiled by the same website Reporters without Borders.

The Paris-based non-governmental organisation released press freedom Index on February 12, annual press freedom index and termed powerful non-government groups that do not tolerate unfavourable reporting pose a lethal threat to journalists in many countries, according to the website.

According to the press freedom index, Pakistan is on 159, whose abuse score was 64.91, underlying situation score was 46.85, overall score was 50.46, difference 2014 rank was negative 1.

While the countries whose has topped on the list are three Scandinavian countries: Finland, which has been in first place for five years in succession, followed by Norway and Denmark operate, the website said.

The World press freedom Indus had not provide any rationale for numbering the countries or shared any methodology although claimed the indicators compiled by Reporters Without Borders are ‘incontestable’.

Nepal , the only South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) member country is on 105 , and ranked up 15 places in comparison to the previous year.

According to the website , 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.

The 2015 World Press Freedom Index highlights the worldwide deterioration in freedom of information in 2014 and termed reasons for the drastic decline in freedom of information due to Proliferation of conflicts ,wars, the growing threat from non-state operatives, violence during demonstrations and the economic crisis, media freedom is in retreat on all five continents, website of Reporter Without Borders has said.

The website about blasphemy based risked to lives of journalists said that stretching sacrilege prohibitions in order to protect a political system is an extremely effective way of censuring criticism of the government in countries where religion shapes the law and the criminalisation of blasphemy endangers freedom of information in around half of the world’s countries. When “believers” think the courts are not doing enough to ensure respect for God or the Prophet, they sometimes take it upon themselves to remind journalists and bloggers what they may or may not say.


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