Pakistan Ranks 139th Out of 180 Countries in Press Freedom: Report

There has been slight improvement for Pakistan in the Press Freedom department, according to the Press Freedom Report published on Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

The report ranked Pakistan 139th out of 180 countries, which is an improvement from last year when the country was ranked at 147th.

Last year, Pakistan managed to score 48.52 points out of 100 on the global score for press freedom. However the score has improved by 4.97 this year and the total has reached 43.55.

The report stated:

There are fatal attacks on journalists every year, though the number has dropped for the past four years.

It added that journalists are prone to unsympathetic behavior, and that government officials, political parties, and party activists are often found harassing, threatening and physically abusing them in certain scenarios.

Although the progress is slow but steady, this year marks as the third successive year where the country’s Press Freedom ranking has improved gradually. However, a lot more still needs to be done to improve Pakistan’s media freedom ranking significantly.

How Do Other Countries Rank?

Norway came on top of the index with the world’s most independent media. On the other end of the spectrum, North Korea took over the last spot from Eritrea – who have remained at the last position for a decade.

China, Syria and Turkey have proven to be tough destinations for journalists and the report labels these countries as the deadliest. These three countries included, complete the bottom five rankings of the index.

According to the report:

New Zealand fell eight places, Canada fell four, while Great Britain, the US and Finland all fell two places. The biggest drop was in Nicaragua, which slipped 17 places.

The Middle East and North Africa remains as the most deadliest region for journalists. Philippines fare well as it rose 11 places. However, Russia, Egypt, Vietnam, China, Syria, Turkmenistan and North Korea all fared poorly in the report.

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    • Wo yahi soch kar boltay hain ky jaisay tabdeeli inho ny he lani ha…marzi ki.

      Aur shayad kuch ho iss liye bhe nahe raha coz “Ro Imran Ro” walay bhe bohat hain ;)

  • In Pakistan everyone is free to say anything against anyone except…………………… MEN WITH BIG GUNS.

    • Very true…that is a no-go area. For the rest no one is respectable, whatever language we want to use against each other we can …..yaaayyyyyy

      Probably the new definition of so called freedom of electronic media is….how abusive (to freedom of journalism) you can be for rating, how freely you can impose your own perception/likeness to viewers (that even without any valid reason), how freely you can twist a story, how freely you can air a fake news (without being sorry later), how freely you can run an agenda (of a political party or of government of another country) and how freely you can self-declare being a holy cow.

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