2016 World Press Freedom Index: a “deep and disturbing” decline in media freedom

first_img Condemning abusesReports and statistics Organisation April 13, 2016 – Updated on May 19, 2016 2016 World Press Freedom Index: a “deep and disturbing” decline in media freedom The 2016 edition of the World Press Freedom Index, which Reporters Without Borders (RSF) will publish on 20 April, shows that there has been a deep and disturbing decline in respect for media freedom at both the global and regional levels. Ever since the 2013 index, Reporters Without Borders has been calculating indicators of the overall level of media freedom violations in each of the world’s regions and worldwide. The higher the figure, the worse the situation. The global indicator has gone from 3719 points last year to 3857 points this year, a 3.71% deterioration. The decline since 2013 is 13.6%. The many reasons for this decline in freedom of information include the increasingly authoritarian tendencies of governments in countries such as Turkey and Egypt, tighter government control of state-owned media, even in some European countries such as Poland, and security situations that have become more and more fraught, in Libya and Burundi, for example, or that are completely disastrous, as in Yemen. The survival of independent news coverage is becoming increasingly precarious in both the state and privately-owned media because of the threat from ideologies, especially religious ideologies, that are hostile to media freedom, and from large-scale propaganda machines. Throughout the world, “oligarchs” are buying up media outlets and are exercising pressure that compounds the pressure already coming from governments. All of the Index’s indicators show a decline from 2013 to 2016. This is especially the case for infrastructure. Some governments do not hesitate to suspend access to the Internet or even to destroy the premises, broadcast equipment or printing presses of media outlets they dislike. The infrastructure indicator fell 16% from 2013 to 2016. The legislative framework has registered an equally marked decline. Many laws have been adopted penalizing journalists on such spurious charges as “insulting the president,” “blasphemy” or “supporting terrorism.” Growing self-censorship is the knock-on effect of this alarming situation. The “media environment and self-censorship” indicator has fallen by more than 10% from 2013 to 2016. Every continent has seen its score decline. The Americas have plunged 20.5%, above all as a result of the impact of physical attacks and murders targeting journalists in Mexico and Central America. Europe and the Balkans declined 6.5%, above all because of the growing influence of extremist movements and ultraconservative governments. The Central Asia/Eastern Europe region’s already bad score deteriorated by 5% as a result of the increasingly glacial environment for media freedom and free speech in countries with authoritarian regimes. Published by Reporters Without Borders annually since 2002, the World Press Freedom Index measures the level of freedom available to journalists in 180 countries using the following criteria – pluralism, media independence, media environment and self-censorship, legislative environment, transparency, infrastructure, and abuses. See the 2016 World Press Freedom Index on the RSF.org website from 20 April onwards. RSF_en The 2016 edition of the World Press Freedom Index, which Reporters Without Borders (RSF) will publish on 20 April, shows that there has been a deep and disturbing decline in respect for media freedom at both the global and regional levels. Reports Condemning abusesReports and statistics Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

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Disco Biscuits Kick Off Halloween Run In Worcester [Full Pro-Shot Video]

first_imgSetlist: The Disco Biscuits | Worcester Palladium | Worcester, MA | 10/26/2017Set One: Grass is Green-> Minions-> Grass is Green, Loose Change, Confrontation-> Gangster-> ConfrontationSet Two: Munchkin Invasion-> Voices Insane-> Astronaut-> Munchkin Invasion, ReactorEncore: Once the Fiddler Paid, M.E.M.P.H.I.S., Spacebirdmatingcall[Photo: Dave Vann] On Thursday night, The Disco Biscuits kicked off their two-night Halloween run at the Worcester Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts, ahead of their Saturday performance at Suwannee Hulaween. The entirety of the show was webcast to fans for free via the band’s YouTube, including the opening set by lespecial.The Disco Biscuits Announce Free Webcast Of Worcester Halloween ShowsAfter the Disco Biscuits’ opened their first set with a “Grass Is Green” sandwich housing “Minions”, the Biscuits hit “Loose Change” before launching into perennial favorite “Confrontation”. One of the highlights of the first set came during the set-closing “Confrontation” sandwich, with the Biscuits teasing the Star Wars theme during the transition out of “Gangster” and back into “Confrontation” to close the set.During the five-song second set, after announcing a number of winners for their upcoming fan appreciation show in Boulder, Colorado, at the Fox Theatre, the band returned with the upbeat “Munchkin Invasion”. By way of “Voices Insane” and an energized “Astronaut”, the band quickly returned to “Munchkin Invasion”, ahead of the closing tune “Reactor”, which saw an extended, more minimalist and light jam. In a somewhat rare move, the group returned with an encore of three standalone tunes: “Once The Fiddler Paid”, “M.E.M.P.H.I.S.”, and a triumphant, show-closing “Spacebirdmatingcall”.3 Years Later, Fan Delivers Update On The Tattoo He Got In Order To Write A Disco Biscuits’ SetlistThe band returns to the Worcester Palladium tonight for the final night of their two-night run. Again, the entirety of the show will be streamed via the band’s YouTube, with Jaw Gems opening set kicking off at 8 pm (EST).last_img read more

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