Turkey moves up, but still ranks bottom 30 in global press freedom

Turkey rose three spots to 154th place in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index, showing minor change in the country’s crackdown of the Turkish news media.

The country’s three-point rise in the index is just the result of other countries falling, said Reporters without Borders (RSF) in a report evaluating the status of journalists in 180 countries.

“Turkey is more authoritarian than ever,” the press freedom watchdog said, adding that media censorship, especially online media, has increased since the previous index.

The report cited examples of the jailing of six journalists over the coverage of the Libyan crisis and the imprisonment of social media users who are “taking issue with the government’s security policies” as contributing factors.

Norway took the lead again in RSF's list of press freedoms for the fourth time, followed by Scandinavian countries Finland, Denmark and Sweden respectively.

North Korea placed at the very bottom of the 180 countries in the index.