U.N. Special Rapporteur David Kaye, center, speaks at a press conference in Tokyo Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Kaye has found “serious threats” to the independence of the press in Japan. (AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama)
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Media freedom around the world has suffered a "deep and disturbing decline" due to by pressure from governments and businesses, an international media watchdog said Wednesday. The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said in an annual report that many of the world's leaders have developed "a paranoia" about journalism and are clamping down on the media, while coverage in privately owned outlets is increasingly shaped by corporate interests.While Europe has the freest media, according to the report, some countries, such as Poland fell sharply on the press freedom index by tightening government control.
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