‘It is unfortunately clear that many of the world’s leaders are developing a form of paranoia about legitimate journalism. The climate of fear results in a growing aversion to debate and pluralism, a clampdown on the media by ever more authoritarian and oppressive governments, and reporting in the privately-owned media that is increasingly shaped by personal interests’. Christophe Deloire, Secretary General of the RWB (Reporters Without Borders), said this while presenting his report on the state of freedom of speech across the globe.
‘Journalism worthy of the name must be defended against the increase in propaganda and media content that is made to order or sponsored by vested interests. Guaranteeing the public’s right to independent and reliable news and information is essential if humankind’s problems, both local and global, are to be solved’, Deloire said.
According to the 2016 World Press Freedom Index, Ukraine went up 22 positions and is now ranked 107th.