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Russia, US, Europe lose ground in media watchdog's report

Paris-based media watchdog laments global decline in press freedoms; cites falls in US, Russia

Russia, US, Europe lose ground in media watchdog's report

PARIS (AP) -- Reporters Without Borders says Russia, the United States, Japan and many parts of Europe lost ground last year in its barometer and ranking of global press freedoms.

The Paris-based media watchdog said two-thirds of the 180 countries in its World Press Freedom index fared worse than in 2014. It cited a context of war, the rise of non-state groups and economic crisis.

Western Europe, while top-ranked, lost the most ground as a region. Russia slipped two slots to 152nd place amid "draconian laws" and a squeeze on independent media. RSF said the U.S. fell three places to 49th amid a "war on information" by the Obama administration in some cases.

China, Iran and North Korea were among the 10 lowest-ranked countries.

RSF uses seven criteria to calculate its index.


Updated : 2021-09-28 19:50 GMT+08:00