Poland continues plummet in Press Freedom Index

In its ranking, Belarus is close to countries with a completely non-free press, the ranking neighbours are Ethiopia, Singapore and Swaziland (150-152 sites), Turkey, Brunei and the Democratic Republic of Congo (154-156).

In the past 16 months, 54 attacks on journalists were reported in the media, says a compilation on press freedom by a media watchdog, The Hoot; indicating the dangers to investigative journalism.

She however cautioned journalists and other media actors to be careful by ensuring that their statutory freedom is not lost to self-censorship.

During the question hour session of Lok Sabha a year ago, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir said 142 attacks on journalists took place between 2014 and 2015.

The degree of freedom available to journalists in 180 countries is determined by pooling the responses of experts to a questionnaire devised by RSF. Societies built on good governance, strong civil society, and an open and free media are more prosperous, stable, and secure.

After attending a joint meeting of the PFUJ and the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ) here, he said: "We have already rejected any so-called disciplinary action against the newspaper after the decision by the press council".

Burundi Media Regulator-CNC has released its 2016 annual report on the World Press Freedom this 3 May 2017.

Regional and global journalists will invite for this event next year, he added.

"We need media education combined with audiences that have the right media and information literacy skills". The EU consistently opposes - in bilateral contacts with third countries as well as in multilateral and regional fora - any legislation, regulation or political pressure that limits freedom of expression and takes concrete steps to prevent and respond to attacks against journalists and bloggers.

The celebrations have been held on the theme: "Critical minds for critical times: Media's role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies".

"Kurdistan Region is not seen as a peaceful place for journalists [when described] in the worldwide reports", Mohamad said, because of the violation of the laws, limiting the scope of the freedom of media, and lack of accountability.

According to Freedom House, press freedom declined to its lowest point in the last 12 years in 2017.

  • Zachary Reyes