Ukraine returns to top 100 of World Press Freedom Index

Ukraine returns to top 100 of World Press Freedom Index

Ukraine ranks 96th out of 180 countries in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index, having returned to top 100 for the first time since 2009.

As the Reporters Without Borders informs, Ukraine climbed six steps compared to last year and now ranks 96th.

“Ukraine has a diversified media landscape and its authorities have adopted a number of long-awaited reforms since the 2014 revolution, including a law on media ownership transparency. However, these gains are fragile, as the new independent public broadcaster’s under-financing has shown. Much more is needed to loosen the oligarchs’ tight grip on the media, encourage editorial independence and combat impunity for crimes of violence against journalists,” the report reads.

The 2020 World Press Freedom Index is topped by Norway, Finland, and Denmark.

In 2009, Ukraine ranked 89th.


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