Skopje, 20 April 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
According to the index of the freedom of media in the world published by Reporters without Borders, FYROM ranks 118th, one place lower than last year.
According to the report, although libeling was removed from the Criminal Code in 2002, criminal charges were replaced with legal action, fines and prison sentences for journalists and media owners.
Since 2014 there have been at least 580 legal actions for libeling and ten of these actions were against journalists. As a result, according to the Macedonian Union of Journalists and media workers, more than half of journalists in FYROM say that they are censored.
At the top of the ranking there are countries like Holland, Finland, Norway, Denmark and New Zealand, while on the bottom there are countries such as China, Syria, Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea. /balkaneu.com/