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Reporters without borders: press freedom in Europe is deteriorating

Systematic incitement against journalists in Europe - the condemnation of reporters without borders. Media professionals worked increasingly in a climate of fear. In Germany, too, violence against journalists has increased.

the position of The freedom of the press in Europe, according to reporters without borders (RWB) worse. "The systematic incitement against journalists has led to the fact that media professionals work increasingly in a climate of fear," says the organization in their report to the ranking of freedom of the press in 2019.

This is particularly relevant to countries in which journalists could previously feel in a global comparison, more safe. "To the regions where the situation deteriorated the most, belongs to Europe. The United States slipped in the rankings to the bottom," writes reporters without borders.

In the case of an AfD Demonstration in Chemnitz, one of the participants attacked journalists (archive photo from the 01.09.2018).

Hateful campaigns of populist politicians

ROG Board spokeswoman Katja Gloger said, also in Europe led to targeted defamation and aggressive, to the part of the hateful campaigns of populist politicians against the media in real violence. As examples, she led the EU-member country, the Czech Republic (rank 40), and the EU accession candidate Serbia (rank 90).

Germany, moved two places up to rank 13. This was mainly due to the fact that the press have lost freedom in other countries. "The number of physical attacks against journalists have risen in Germany to 2018." Reporters without borders counted at least 22 cases in the last year, there were 16 attacks. To be violence, it came, in particular, on the edge of right-wing populist events and rallies.

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