Citing the Trump administration among other nations' governments, the worldwide advocacy group Reporters Without Borders said on Wednesday, "More and more democratically elected leaders no longer see the media as part of democracy's essential underpinning, but as an adversary to which they openly display their aversion".
As per the report, "The Pakistani media are regarded as among the most vibrant in Asia but they are targeted by extremist groups, Islamist organizations and the feared intelligence agencies, all of which are on RSF's list of predators of press freedom".
The index, which has been published every year since 2002, does not evaluate government policy in determining the rankings.
Norway topped the list for the second year in a row, the while North Korea remained the most repressive country followed by Eritrea, Turkmenistan, Syria and then China. "Coverage of regions that the authorities regard as sensitive, such as Kashmir, continues to be very hard".
The Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in its report while referring to the problems faced by journalists in occupied Kashmir said, "Foreign reporters are barred from the region and the Internet is often disconnected there".
None of the countries of the former Soviet Union (except the Baltics) are ranked ahead of Georgia. He was described as a "media-bashing enthusiast" by the RSF in its latest report.
This paints a scary picture in Europe which is known to be the region which respects Press Freedom the most.
Afghan government leaders have often said the safety of journalists and providing them with sufficient information is their top priority.
Iceland has dropped three places, down to the 13th, since past year in the new Reporters Without Borders report Press Freedom Index.
He added: "The political leaders who are despising journalists are undermining the principle of public debate that is based on facts rather than propaganda". "The media are free and independent, and Estonia is yet again riding high in the World Press Freedom Index". "During President Xi's first term, censorship and surveillance reached unprecedented levels thanks to the massive use of new technology", the report said.
While every region of the world saw declines in press freedom, there were some bright spots in parts of Africa where several authoritarian leaders have left office.
Trump regularly brands media outlets and reporters he does not like as "fake news". Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore were all cited as states "struggling to defend their models against an all-powerful China". It also claimed that "there are unfortunately other Asian countries in favour of China's clear desire to crush all of the general resistance sides".