Sri Lanka has improved significantly in press freedom. The country has advanced in the World Press Freedom Index and according to veteran media personalities this is a positive trend.
Sri Lanka’s rank improved 24 notches in the World securing the 141st position from among 180 countries in the world. The annual World Press Freedom Index compiled by Paris based Reporters Sans Borders (RSF) ranked Sri Lanka 165th out of 180 countries in the previous year.
The Index ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria that include media pluralism and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists, and the legislative, institutional and infrastructural environment in which the media operate.
President Maithripala Sirisena since assuming office completely removed certain obstacles imposed on mass media. RSF which compiled this World Press Freedom Index mentioned that this was an impetus for the progress in Sri Lanka’s Mass Media.
The new government of Sri Lanka has vowed to ensure complete media freedom and has taken several measures since its election last year. The government has allowed journalists to report freely and lifted the bans imposed by the previous government on several media websites.
Finland for six years in succession ranks at the top of the index again this year, while The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and New Zealand rounded up the top five in that order.