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Belize’s ranking on World Press Freedom Index hits five-year low

Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2019. 11:07 am CST.

By BBN Staff: This year, Belize’s ranking on the World Press Freedom Index (WPFI), hit its lowest point since 2015.

The WPFI, which is prepared by Reporters Without Borders (RSF for its acronym in French), measures the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country and region. The index ranks 180 countries, of which Belize ranked 53rd in 2019.

Belize’s ranking has declined considerably over the past five years, with the 2015 ranking being 30th, 2016’s rank was 36, 2017’s rank, 41; and 2018’s rank at 47.

“Cases of threats, intimidation, and harassment of journalists are occasionally reported. Due to inadequate infrastructure, Internet access is among the slowest and costliest in the Caribbean,” the RSF said.

The organization noted that the index does not rank public policy and is not an indication of the quality of journalism in the countries ranked.

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