The 2014 World Press Freedom report has shown that Nigeria now occupies 112th position in its ranking in the global press freedom index.
By this current ranking, the country has moved up four points to 112th from its previous ranking. The 2014 World Press Freedom Index, in its publication, linked the non-impressive improvement in the country’s ranking to the insurgency ravaging the North Eastern part of the country.
The index pointed out the negative impact of conflicts on freedom of information and its protagonists. According to the index, Syria occupies (177th) as one of the worst countries in the world for journalists to operate.
It also listed Lebanon (106th), Jordan and Iraq (153rd) as countries where the media have become strategic goal and targets for groups or individuals whose attempts to control news and information violate international law, particularly Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the 1977 Protocols Additional 1 and 2 to the Geneva Conventions. The report identified Finland as the freest country in the world for journalists to operate, followed by Netherlands and Norway.