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Croatia Ranked 64th in 2013 Global Press Freedom Index

CroatiaThe annual World Press Freedom Index has ranked Croatia 64th in the world. The latest ranking only moved Croatia up four places from last year, when it was ranked 68th…

Croatia’s state broadcaster Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) has been criticised for a lack of independence after reforms implemented by the government of Prime Minister Zoran Milanović. The report states that the head of HRT and Supervisory Board members are appointed by parliament, meaning the ruling party has political control over the content of the main broadcaster.

Finland was ranked number one on the index, followed by the Netherlands, Norway and Luxembourg. The Press Freedom Index is an annual ranking of countries compiled and published by Reporters Without Borders based upon the organization’s assessment of the countries’ press freedom records in the previous year. It reflects the degree of freedom that journalists, news organizations, and netizens enjoy in each country, and the efforts made by the authorities to respect and ensure respect for this freedom.

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