Press freedom deteriorating worldwide: This is the report prepared by Reporters Without Borders on Tuesday, May 3rd, to mark World Press Day. In its annual report, the association mentions the difficulties that journalists face in working in different countries of the world. If France wins eight places to put itself in 26th place, with “Quite good condition” According to Reporters Without Borders, other countries are recording a significant decrease.
#RSFIndex Reporters Without Borders unveils its World Press Freedom Index for 2022
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In fact, almost the entire Asian continent is in a position to be described as “Dangerous” For freedom of the press. Thus, twelve Asian countries entered this circle, which was not so important before, including Belarus and Afghanistan. China, ranked 175th out of 180 countries, remains among the most repressive regimes, with North Korea ranked worst. Beijing’s remark is due in particular to its desire to isolate its population from information from the rest of the world in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Russia, widely observed since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, ranks 155, five times lower than in 2021. Its rating has fallen to 38.82 points from 51.29 the previous year. All the lights are red in Moscow, ranked among the countries where press freedom is most at risk. The situation is outdated, but the conflict with kyiv caused the situation to take on dizzying proportions. The regime’s propaganda and suppression of dissenting voices are particularly marked.
Indeed, journalists there are prohibited from uttering the word “war”, publishing independent investigations, or talking about the human and material toll of the conflict. At the beginning of March, the government adopted an amendment providing for imprisonment of up to fifteen years for anyone who publishes “False information against the Russian army”. Independent media shut down one by one, like the iconic Novaya GazetaDiary of Dmitriy Muratov.
More than 200 independent journalists have left the country in an attempt to inform them of their exile. And therefore , Vladimir Romansky left immediately when Doug, The independent media in which he worked had to suspend their programming. “We find ourselves in very restricted conditions because the ancient world has been destroyed. It no longer exists. Because of the law, our channel can no longer exist as it used to be.” The 34-year-old journalist has taken to Georgia and Tbilisi, where he is now trying to give another voice to Russia.
“Now we are part of the resistance. We must not only be those who inform, but also those who defy and oppose this war.”Vladimir Ruminsky, journalist at Dojd
Morale is the morale in exile, i.e. in the sawtooth, the endless fighting. “Thousands of people are watching our radio programmes. There is a demand. We left Russia not only to not be imprisoned, but also to keep telling people the truth. And that’s what we’re doing.”
Other journalists, in their own way, try to continue to inform immediately. Tatiana Felgengauer worked for Echo of Moscow, one of the largest independent media in the country. She has chosen to stay and continues her work on Youtube.
“I explain, for example, how to find information when the media is blocked. People are used to the information that arrives to them like that on a board. But the time has come when it is good for everyone to learn how to find and check information.”Tatiana Felgengauer, journalist at the Echo of Moscow
Without uttering the word war or providing a military record, she flirts every day with a red line that could send her to prison. “I just posted a video to talk about how the state is circumventing sanctions.” The fight is tough for this radio journalist because 47% of Russians get their news only from TV. “We’re up against a propaganda machine of enormous size. And we obviously don’t have the same means to fight it. So, at our level, we’re trying to reach a few people. Are able to tell them the truth, and convey something to them.”
Besides authoritarian regimes, RSF is also concerned about the drift that is spreading to the most democratic countries: Fox Media Newsa new term taken from the name of the American television channel. Media polarization reinforces and maintains internal divisions within societies.the NGO worries in its report. “The resurgence of social and political tensions has been accelerated by social networks and new media, particularly in France.”
This ever-increasing sophistication of these means of opinion amplifies and downplays misinformation, according to Reporters Without Borders. “It is a mortal danger to democracies because [cela] undermining the foundations of civic harmony and tolerant public debate.”Judge Christophe Deloire its Secretary General. So the NGO calls for a “New Deal” for the press and asks An appropriate legal framework, including a system for protecting democratic information spaces.