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SL ranked 131st in Press Freedom Index

Sri Lanka has improved significantly in terms of press freedom, according to the World Press Freedom Index for 2018.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released its 2018 World Press Freedom Index on April 25, an annual review of 180 countries and their relationship with the media. Sri Lanka has been ranked 131st in its rankings list.

Secretary General of the RSF Christophe Deloire said, “The unleashing of hatred towards journalists, is one of the worst threats to democracies.”

Syria remains the most dangerous place to report from.

Norway tops the list as the country where journalists have the most freedom, followed by Sweden and the Netherlands. North Korea is at the bottom of the list.

Gambia has seen the biggest improvement in press freedom, rising 21 spots to 122 out of 180. It is followed by South Korea and Greece, which rose 20 and 14 places respectively.