• publish: 21 April 2016
  • time: 4:10 pm
  • category: Social
  • No: 3797
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Press Freedom of Speech rises two places: Reporters without Borders

Afghanistan improved two places in the recently unveiled Reporters Without Borders (RSF) World Press Freedom Index, going from 122nd place in 2015 to 120 this year out of 180 countries.

According to the index, Finland, Netherlands and Norway are ranked the highest respectively in terms of freedom of expression. Tolo news reported.

Eritrea, North Korea and Turkmenistan are the lowest ranking countries respectively.

The RSF said Afghanistan’s constitution and legislation provides media and freedom of expression with relatively good legal protection.

The organization said Afghan journalists are exposed to chronic instability and unrest and that the Taliban and Daesh, by sowing terror, have created information ‘black holes’ in several regions in Afghanistan since 2015.

According to RSF, the Asia Pacific region holds all the records, with the world’s biggest prisons for journalists and bloggers, particularly in Vietnam and China.

Vietnam is ranked at 175, China at 176, Turkmenistan at 178 and North Korea at 179. Syria is in 177th spot. Only Eritrea is worse – at 180.

Meanwhile other countries in the region also did not fare too well. India is ranked at only 133 and Pakistan at 147. Neighbors Iran and Uzbekistan are at 169 and 166 respectively while Tajikistan is at 150.

The Asia-Pacific region also has the biggest number of “Predators of Press Freedom,” who run some of the worst dictatorships and information “black holes,” such as North Korea and Laos, said RSF.

Freedom of Expression has been one of Afghanistan’s greatest successes in the past 15 years following the fall of the Taliban regime. During their rule, from 1996 to 2001, Afghanistan had no freedom of speech what so ever.

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