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Afghanistan Up with 6 Ranks in Press Freedom Index

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freedom-of-mediaDespite a decline in freedom of information around the world, Afghanistan has been ranked 122 (up six places) in the 2015 world press freedom index by the Reporters without Borders.

The Paris-based non-profit organization which released the index on Thursday said, "It ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria that includes media pluralism and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists, and the legislative, institutional and infrastructural environment in which the media operate."
Based on the index, Finland has been still in first place securing the position for five consecutive years followed by Norway and Denmark. While on the other hand, Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea were in the last places as the worst performers.
The United States was ranked 49th (down three places), Japan 61st (down two places) and Russia is ranked 152 (down four places).
However, in the regional level, Afghanistan is among the top-ranked countries as Pakistan was ranked 159 (one place down) India 136 (four places up) while Iran ranked number 173 remain unchanged.
"Beset by wars, the growing threat from non-state operatives, violence during demonstrations and the economic crisis, media freedom is in retreat on all five continents," the organization said, highlighting the worldwide deterioration in freedom of information in 2014.
Two-thirds of the 180 countries surveyed for the 2015 Index was found performing less well than the previous year, it said, reporting a 10 percent increase in the annual global indicator measuring the overall level of violations of freedom of information around the world.