Ukraine fell one step lower in the media freedom rating compared to last year. This is stated in the annual index of freedom of the media in the world for 2019, which was released by the international human rights organization Reporters Without Borders on April 18, reports DW.

In the updated rating, Ukraine ranks 102th. Human rights activists emphasize that the greatest challenges for freedom of speech in Ukraine are the following phenomena, such as monitoring or obstruction of the work of journalists-investigators with the use of violence. The organization emphasizes that the situation with the freedom of speech negatively affects the war in Donbas.

“Another phenomenon that does not facilitate the work of mass media in Ukraine is the fact of the increasingly frequent denial of entry for foreign journalists,” the report says.

In the index of media freedom, neighbouring Russia occupied the 149th place – one consecutive below, compared with last year’s figures.

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