28th February 2018

RSF: Czech Republic ranks 23rd in world press freedom index, down two places

The 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) shows an increase in the number of countries where the media freedom situation is very grave and highlights the scale and variety of the obstacles to media freedom throughout the world.

Once taken for granted, media freedom is proving to be increasingly fragile in democracies as well. In sickening statements, draconian laws, conflicts of interest, and even the use of physical violence, democratic governments are trampling on a freedom that should, in principle, be one of their leading performance indicators.

Slovakia ranks 17th, ahead of the Czech Republic on the 23rd place - down two places compared with the 2016 index. But after the murder of the Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak in February 2018, the 2018 ranking for Slovakia could worsen. In 2017, both countries were among states where RSF sees the situation as 'fairly good'.

The degree of freedom available to journalists in 180 countries is determined by pooling the responses of experts to a questionnaire devised by RSF. This qualitative analysis is combined with quantitative data on abuses and acts of violence against journalists during the period evaluated. The criteria evaluated in the questionnaire are pluralism, media independence, media environment and self-censorship, legislative framework, transparency, and the quality of the infrastructure that supports the production of news and information.



Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic