A major threat being assessed to world’s leading democracies is because the journalists are now increasingly been seen as adversaries.
A 2018 report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) aims to measure the level of media freedom in 180 countries.
This includes the level of pluralism, media independence, the environment and self-censorship, the legal framework, transparency, and the quality of the infrastructure and other such aspects which is considered critical for news and information dissemination.
This year’s report mentioned that more and more democratically-elected leaders have begun to see the media as an adversary.
In the list, the United States has been placed at 45 from 43 that it ranked earlier.
Another major democracy, India has fallen from rank 136 to rank 138.
The report mentioned physical violence against journalists and also the murder of Gauri Lankesh.
In this year’s index, Norway is first for the second year running, followed Sweden.