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UK Enjoying Worst Press Freedom In Western Europe: Report

Reporters are more restricted in United Kingdom than other countries in western Europe, finds a new study in annual World Press Freedom Index.

According to Reporters Without Borders the country is placed at 40th place3 in global ranking of 180 countries and the reasons is government’s campaign to limit encryption on services like WhatsApp.

The British government also restricted access of journalists to politicians in the 2017 general election.

The top countries which offers complete freedom to press are Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Finland and Switzerland in the list. Simultaneously the worst nations in terms of press freedom are China, Syria, Turkmenistan, Eritrea and North Korea.

Canada has ranked 18th followed by Australia. United States is placed in the 45th position while New Zealand ranked eighth.

Italy isthe only country in Europe to have lower ranking than the UK.

The UK bureau director of Reporters Without Borders, Rebecca Vincent, said the ranking was “unacceptable for a country that plays an important international standard-setting role when it comes to human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

The report was launched by The Guardian editor Katharine Viner at the Guardian”s office in central London.

Viner warned that the press freedom is getting worse and she recollected the campaign for press freedom in the UK.

James Harding from BBC said though the misinformation on social media was widely discussed but more damage was caused due to actions of governments.

He added, “For all the discussion of fake news, there is much more pervasive problem of state news, which is the problem of governments and politicians encroaching on the media.”