The world is becoming a darker place, according to the director general of Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
Christophe Deloire spoke to Press Gazette as the freedom of speech group published its 15th World Press Freedom Index.
The project maps 180 countries around the world, colouring those with the best records on press freedom white and shading them progressively darker. Those at the bottom of the table, such as China and North Korea, are coloured black.
He told Press Gazette: “Unfortunately the World Press Freedom Map has been getting darker. A lot of countries that were yellow are now red, and a lot of former red countries are now black.
“In 60 per cent of countries press freedom is worse this year than the previous year.”