RWB: Freedom of the media in Serbia at the same (low) level
The non-governmental organization Reporters Without Borders (RWB) published a new report on media freedom in the world, in which it was estimated that journalism was completely or partially blocked in as many as 73 percent of the 180 countries ranked.
This year’s index of media freedom showed that information is less and less available to citizens, and journalists are more and more unable to report on events.
The Scandinavian countries are at the top of this on list – Norway, which is the first for the fifth consecutive year, then Finland which kept the second place, Sweden and Denmark which swapped places on the list, and are now third and fourth, respectively.
When it comes to Serbia, it kept 93rd place, with the explanation that the promises from previous years remained unfulfilled.
Serbia remains a country of weak institutions in which false news is spread by pro-government media in using sensationalism, and where journalists are exposed on daily basis to attacks by both the “the ruling elite and state media”, the report states.
As for the countries in the region, the top ranked are Slovenia at 36th and Croatia at 56th place, followed by Bosnia and Herzegovina at 58th, while Northern Macedonia is at 90th and Montenegro at 104th.
Izvor: Politika, Tanjug