South American countries have not rated very well in the latest edition of the World Press Freedom Index from Reporters Without Borders, RSF, which assesses the state of journalism in 180 countries and territories. Half of the countries are in the upper half of the 180 list, while the rest in the lower half; among the first are Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, while Paraguay, Bolivia, Colombia and Venezuela among the worst. To have an idea UK rates 24 and the US 42.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) launched its Journalism Trust Initiative on Tuesday, a platform aimed at battling disinformation by identifying and promoting “trustworthy” news sources.
The global press freedom is regressing with more and more countries putting journalists at risk and authoritarian regimes tightening their grip on the media, according to a report released by media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders.
Sixty-seven journalists were killed globally this year, either targeted because of their work or dying while reporting, Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontiers, RSF, said in its annual report. Some 27 citizen (amateur) journalists and seven media workers were also killed.
Appalled by the brutal murders of two Brazilian journalists in the space of a few days, Reporters Without Borders has written to President Dilma Roussef asking her to end the prevailing impunity for crimes of violence against media personnel in her country.
Violence, intimidation and polarization still obstruct reporting in Americas says the 2013 Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index which was released in anticipation of the World Press Freedom Day, May 3 (*). The report states that the ranking of most countries is no longer attributable to dramatic political developments and this year’s index is a better reflection of the attitudes and intentions of governments towards media freedom in the medium or long term.
More journalists were killed doing their job in 2012 than in any year since monitoring started 17 years ago, with Syria and Somalia seeing a particularly heavy toll followed by Pakistan and Mexico, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Wednesday.