Pakistan has slipped three places in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index released by the Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontieres or RSF) on April 21.
Pakistan has been ranked 145 out of 180 countries in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index.
The RSF stated that Pakistani media, which has a long tradition of being very lively, has become a priority target for the country’s “deep state”.
“The influence of establishment has increased dramatically since Imran Khan became Prime Minister in July 2018. There have been many cases of brazen censorship in which the military have used a number of methods for exercising pressure. Distribution of newspapers, especially the leading daily Dawn, has been interrupted,” it added.
Apart from traditional media, censorship has also entered the arena of social media. Pakistani Journalists who go against the state are at high risk, stated the report.
The 2020 World Press Freedom Index’s has been topped by Norway for a fourth consecutive year, followed by other Scandinavian countries. North Korea stood last at the 180th position.
Apart from Pakistan, other countries that fell from its previous year position includes, Iran that fell to 173 and Afghanistan that went down to the 122nd position.