Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Raises Concern on Greek Press Freedom

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has raised concerns on press freedom in Greece as it dropped five places in the latest World Press Freedom Index, released Tuesday.

The RSF has published the rankings of the state of press freedom in 180 countries, which has now seen Greece drop from 65 in 2020 to 70 this year.

“Press freedom suffered in Greece in 2020,” said the report.

“Investigative media and media critical of the government were either omitted or were given a disproportionately small share of the advertising resulting from a controversial 20-million-euro public information campaign about the virus.” 

RSF has earlier called for an investigation in February after seven journalists were beaten while covering a protest. 

The drop of the EU member state is also a result of the crackdown on coverage of the refugee crisis in the country as well as the recent assassination of crime reporter Giorgos Karaivaz.

RSF also said there was an increase in attacks against journalists globally at the height of the pandemic.

The 2021 index “shows that journalism, journalism, which is arguably the best vaccine against the virus of disinformation, is totally blocked or seriously impeded in 73 countries and constrained in 59 others, which together represent 73% of the countries evaluated,” said the RSF report.

Meanwhile, China is ranked at 177 making it one of the worst countries for journalism, amidst unprecedented levels of internet censorship, surveillance and propaganda, the report said. 

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