Morocco ranked 131 on World Press Freedom Index

Morocco ranked 131 on World Press Freedom Index
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Morocco ranked low at 131 among 180 countries, in the latest annual World Press Freedom Index.

The 2016 World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders (RWB), is led by Finland, which held the top spot for the sixth consecutive year, followed by the Netherlands and Norway.

Morocco dropped one spot from the 130 position it had in 2015 report.

‘Media freedom is deteriorating slowly but surely in the Kingdom of Morocco, where the authorities are tightening their grip on the media in order to dissuade them from covering such sensitive subjects as the monarchy, Islam and Western Sahara’, RWF said.

‘Journalists and citizen-journalists are threatened by censorship, surveillance, intimidation, heavy fines and imprisonment’, RWF added.

‘The foreign media are not spared either’ according to the organisation, which referred to the arrest and expulsion of France 3 TV crew in 2015.

Among Morocco’s neighbouring countries, Mauritania ranked 48, Tunisia 96, Algeria 129 and Libya 164.

Tunisia is among the countries that rose most in the report, climbing 30 spots from last year.

The 2016 World Press Freedom Index shows a serious decline in respect of media freedom across the world,  according to RWF.

Here is a list of the top 10 mentions of Morocco in global rankings.

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