Turkey rated 154th in world press freedom index

Turkey has been rated the 154th country in the Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom index, which was topped by Finland, Hürriyet Daily News reports on Wednesday. 

The organization states that Turkey, which is a country of political importance due to the Syrian conflict, is currently the world’s biggest prison for journalists. The country experienced a six-slot fall, being downgraded from 148th to 154th place. 

The report also blames Turkey for failing to live up to its regional model aspirations despite a varied and lively media presence in the country. The Turkish state is criticized by the authors of the report for pursuing a paranoia about security, which has a tendency to see every criticism as a plot hatched by a variety of illegal organizations.