Zagreb, February 12, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Marija Avramovic
Croatia was positioned in 58th place according to The Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index for 2015.
This index ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria that include media pluralism and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists, and the legislative, institutional and infrastructural environment in which the media operate.
Looking at the region, Croatia is the best in the Balkans in meeting these criteria. Serbia is in 67th place, Montenegro in 114th but the absolute looser is FYROM at 117th place.
Top of the list are three Scandinavian countries: Finland, which has been in first place for five years in succession, followed by Norway and Denmark.
Whether Croatia is treating its media with respect and thoughtfulness as the report suggests is not quite the case and there is always room for improving conditions and the quality in media reporting and informing.