Syrian journalist Zaina Erhaim poses for a portrait at the office of Index on Censorship, an NGO that promotes and defends the right to freedom of expression, in London, Britain April 13, 2016. (REUTERS/Thomson Reuters Foundation/Tristan Martin)
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World press freedom deteriorated in 2015, especially in the Americas, advocacy group Reporters Without Borders said Wednesday as it released its annual rankings, warning of "a new era of propaganda".The World Press Freedom Index ranks 180 countries on indicators such as media independence, self-censorship, the rule of law, transparency and abuses.Poland fell a massive 29 places to 49th due to government seeking to restore Polish ownership of foreign owned Polish media.In Europe threats to journalists were linked to rising nationalism which saw death threats in Sweden, which dropped three places to 8th, and attacks on journalists during anti-Muslim rallies in Germany (which dropped four spots to 16).In Africa a series of political crises and terrorism continued to erode press freedom.The threat of jihadist groups in Mali -- where one group threatened to behead foreign journalists -- and Nigeria, led to a decline in press freedom in both countries.
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