British Asia News Network- AD
Colombo, April 20: Sri Lankan ranking in Reporters without Boarders has improved by 5 levels up from 131 to 126 out of 180 countries globally. Last year Sri Lanka was placed at the 131st rank. The Index ranks 180 countries and regions according to the level of freedom available to journalists.
The report has been publishing since 2002 and is based on evaluation of different metrics like evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country and region.
“The culminating nightmare for many Sri Lankan journalists came in October 2018, when President Sirisena suddenly appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa – who had overseen egregious press freedom violations as president – as his prime minister. Within hours of Rajapaksa’s appointment, members of his party stormed into several media outlets in order to take control by force. A Supreme Court decision finally brought an end to Sirisena’s political manoeuvre, one clearly prejudicial to journalism, but this episode served as a stark reminder of Sri Lankan press freedom’s vulnerability to political vicissitudes,” it stated.
The reports has categories like “Good Situation, Satisfactory Situation, Problematic Situation, Difficult Situation and Very Serious Situation” Sri Lanka falls into “Difficult Situation”.