The Philippines remains one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists, the Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontieres, RSF) stated at present (Wednesday, April 26).
The Philippines ranked 127th out of 180 countries in its annual survey of press freedom. This is an enchancment on final 12 months, when it ranked 138th.
The Philippines was positioned in the “red” class, which signifies a “bad” press freedom state of affairs.
“Although fewer journalists have been killed in connection to their work in recent years, Philippines continues to be one of the most dangerous countries for the media,” the RSF report stated. “Private militias, often hired by local politicians, silence journalists with complete impunity.”
The RSF additionally expressed concern overPresident Duterte’s verbal assaults on the media. “The media are fairly free and diverse, but Rodrigo Duterte, who was sworn in as President in June 2016, has alarmed media freedom defenders with his unveiled encouragement of violence against journalists,” it stated.
The high ten countries are Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Jamaica, Belgium and Iceland.
At the different finish of the scale is North Korea, firmly in the “black” class, denoting a “very bad” press freedom state of affairs.
Published yearly since 2002, the World Freedom Index ranks 180 countries in accordance with the degree of freedom obtainable to journalists.
RSF secretary basic Christophe Deloire stated: “The 2017 World Press Freedom Index displays a world through which assaults on the media have grow to be commonplace and strongmen are on the rise. We have reached the age of post-truth, propaganda, and suppression of freedoms – particularly in democracies.
“The rate at which democracies are approaching the tipping point is alarming for all those who understand that, if media freedom is not secure, then none of the other freedoms can be guaranteed. Where will this downward spiral take us?”