Friday, February 13, 2015

‘Drastic decline’ in press freedom across the globe

Le Monde owner’s criticism of HSBC leak coverage lays bare fragility of press freedom Guardian 

According to the Paris-based watchdog’s latest World Press Freedom Index, published Thursday, two-thirds of the 180 countries surveyed performed less well than in 2013, while there was an 8 percent increase in the number of violations of freedom of information in 2014 compared to the year before.

Information wars in conflict zones, reprisals against journalists by terrorist groups like the Islamic State and censorship on religious grounds contributed to a “drastic decline” in press freedom in 2014, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has warned Freedom Without Borders