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Russia Condemned on World Press Freedom Day over Censorship and Killing Reporters in Ukraine

HeadlineMay 03, 2022

Reporters Without Borders has ranked the United States 42nd out of 180 nations in its annual Press Freedom Index, warning violations in the U.S. are increasing at a troubling rate. It cited “the disappearance of local news, the polarization of the media [and] the weakening of journalism and democracy caused by digital platforms and social networks.”

Hong Kong’s Press Freedom Index ranking plummeted to 148th as China’s central government adopted a national security law aimed at silencing independent voices.

Meanwhile, Russia’s press freedom ranking fell to near the bottom, as the Kremlin launched a massive disinformation campaign to support its invasion of Ukraine, where officials say at least 20 journalists and media workers have been killed or injured. 

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