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JUST IN: NGO Reporters Without Borders upgrades Hong Kong's press freedom rating, citing 'organised resistance'

JUST IN: NGO Reporters Without Borders upgrades Hong Kong's press freedom rating, citing 'organised resistance'

FYROM ranks 109 in the latest report for the freedom of media issued by Reporters without Borders, going up two places as opposed to past year, when it ranked 111st.

According to the report, the "Macedonian Radio Television" public network is still at the service of VMRO-DPMNE, because the heads of the network have not been replaced.

"There is real pluralism, but media self-censorship is growing as a result of the endemic violence against journalists and media outlets, and the nearly systematic impunity enjoyed by those responsible", the RSF report observed. The latest index "reflects growing animosity towards journalists", the organisation said.

The slide towards "strongman" and populist politics in Europe, stoked by Moscow, was threatening freedoms in the region where they were once safest, it added, with Hungary, Slovakia and Poland setting off alarm bells. "A media-bashing enthusiast, Trump has referred to reporters as 'enemies of the people, ' the term once used by Joseph Stalin". "To dispute the legitimacy of journalism today is to play with extremely risky political fire", added Deloire.

The research showed that the "climate of hatred" toward media was steadily more visible in the index, with the increasing number of democratically-elected leaders no longer seeing the media as essential part of a democratic process but as an "adversary to which they openly display their aversion". "The reforms of recent years have brought improvements in media ownership transparency and satellite TV pluralism, but owners still often call the shots on editorial content", the organization said in its index-related assessment on Georgia. "Physical attacks, along with threats and cyber-violence, continue to be a major problem for journalists in Croatia", the report concluded.

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Evans, 21, and his partner Kate James, 20, have fought an ongoing legal battle to allow them to take Alfie overseas for treatment. The Rome hospital has reportedly given the same prognosis but would be willing to perform a tracheotomy.

"Xi Jinping's China is getting closer and closer to a contemporary version of totalitarianism". The situation in Poland and Hungary was also particularly concerning, the watchdog said.

This year's index from RSF puts Norway on top as the country with highest level of press freedom. But a more promising era for journalists may result from the departure of three of Africa's most predatory presidents, in Zimbabwe (up two as 126th), Angola (up four at 121st) and Gambia, whose 21-place jump to 122nd was Africa's biggest.

Estonia's position in the rankings remained unchanged compared to 2017, however the country's score dropped slightly from 13.55 in 2017 to 14.08.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) published its annual Press Freedom Index on Thursday, placing Finland in fourth position.

Also in the Nordic countries there are worrisome trends, the RSF warns.

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