Freedom of the press 2014: A Glance
The recently (May 2014) released Freedom of the press 2014 report paints a grim picture of the world. As per the survey, the overall global press freedom has fallen to its lowest level for over a decade. The annual survey is published by the US-based NGO Freedom House since 1980 in relation to democracy, human rights and press freedom.
- India slides to 78th place in Freedom of the press ranking for 2014.
- Its our lowest ranking in over a decade putting us in the list of countries with partially free media.
- India was given 20th spot last year in the 2013 annual ranking.
The Best and Worst
- Sweden alongwith Netherlands and Norway top the ranking with the most independent press in the world.
- Belarus is the most repressive country for press freedom together with Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
- The survey evaluated 197 countries and territories to conclude the index.
- 63 (32 percent) countries were rated Free, 68 (35 percent) Partly Free, and the rest 66 (33 percent) qualified as Not Free.
- Our neighbours China (84th), Pakistan (64th) and Sri Lanka 76 didnt perform much better than us.
- The decline in media freedom on a global level are driven by governments' efforts to control the message and punish the messenger.
- The only region probably offering some positive developments is sub-Saharan Africa, whereas every other region has taken repressive steps to curb the freedom.
- The steps have been taken amidst internal conflict (Syria, South Sudan, Ukraine), regional uprising (Arab States) or just in order to control the masses (UK & US primarily after wikileaks scandal)
- The Middle East and North Africa has undergone the worst deterioration.