Ukraine ranked 101st in Reporters Without Borders ranking on media freedom

Source : 112 Ukraine

The country went one rank up compared with the previous year's index of media freedom
11:26, 25 April 2018

Ukraine is placed 101st of 180 countries in the annual media freedom ranking composed by Reporters Without Borders. The ranking is published on the organization's website

Compared with the 2017 ranking, this country appears to have progressed, but just a little bit - one rank up (in 2017, Ukraine was placed 102nd). The media freedom degree was estimated at the level of 33.19 points.

Norway leads the way, with Sweden and the Netherlands following in the top three. North Korea comes last.

Reporters Without Borders mark that the overall situation in terms of media freedom in Europe gets worse.

'The Ukrainian authorities have adopted a number of long-awaited reforms since the 2014 revolution, including laws on media ownership transparency and access to state-held information. But, as the new public broadcaster’s under-financing has shown, these gains are fragile. Much more is needed to loosen the oligarchs’ tight grip on the media and to encourage editorial independence. The information war with Russia has negative effects that include banning Russian media and Russian social networks and the blacklisting of foreign journalists. Foot-dragging in the fight against corruption has affected investigative reporting. Physical attacks on the media, including journalist Pavel Sheremet’s murder in 2016, continue to go unpunished and concern is growing in the run-up to the 2019 elections. The separatist-controlled areas in the east are still no-go areas without critical journalists or foreign observers', reads the message at the website of Reporters Without Borders.

Related: OSCE condemns media freedom limitation in areas not controlled by Ukraine

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