KATHMANDU – Nepal has jumped five ranks from 105 to 100 out of 180 countries in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Nepal’s rank was 105 in 2016 and although the ranking has slightly improved the global score has gone down to +0.40.
Reporters Without Borders (RWB) on its website states that it is still dangerous for Nepali journalists to cover political protests and demonstrations. It goes on further to cite that 2016 was a harsh reality for journalists in Nepal as they had to face intimidation, arrest and even physical threats.
The report furthermore reveals that the June directives of Nepal government towards online media curtail freedom of speech. RWB also has criticized Nepal government’s effort to block websites that are deemed immoral and anti-national. It is though unknown as how many websites have been blocked in Nepal.