Ukraine made progress in the newly published ranking of the World Press Freedom Index, regularly updated by Reporters Sans Frontiers. The country went five ranks up the list and now is ranked 102nd of 180 countries.
The Scandinavian countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark) lead the way, with the Netherlands closing the top five in the list.
Russia, for reference, comes 148th.
‘Since the 2014 revolution, the Ukrainian authorities have adopted a number of reforms, including media ownership transparency and access to state-held information, but more is needed to loosen the oligarchs’ tight grip on the media and encourage editorial independence. The information war with Russia is still a source of concern. In 2016, the authorities again proved powerless to protect media outlets from attacks such as journalist Pavel Sheremet’s murder, the publication of the personal data of thousands of journalists accused of “treason,” and an arson attack on Inter TV’s headquarters. In the lawless separatist-controlled areas in the east, there are still no critical journalists or foreign observers,’ reads the commentary by Reporters Sans Frontiers.
Source: Reporters Sans Frontiers