The 2019 version of the World Press Freedom Index, prepared by Reporters Without Borders (NGO), shows that the pace of hatred against journalists has escalated to the point of violence, leading to a growing sense of fear. Journalists can practice their profession safely, while autocratic regimes tighten their grip on the media more and more.
In its report, which annually assesses the state of the press in 180 countries, the organization noted that the fear machine is working at its full potential, severely undermining the practice of journalism in calm conditions. "The declared hostility against journalists and even the hatred of some political leaders in many countries has resulted in more serious and more frequent violence than ever, exacerbating the dangers of journalism, which created an unprecedented level of fear in some places. "
Norway took the lead for the year in a row, Finland ranked second, Sweden third and the Netherlands fourth.
According to the organization's report, Eastern Europe and Central Asia are still ranked second to last in the rankings. "More than half of the countries in the region are around 150 or behind, with the pace of repression of the independent press in Russia and Turkey which ranked 157th."
"Turkey is the largest prison for professional journalists and is the only country in the world to have prosecuted a journalist for her reports into the Paradise Leaf scandal.