Serbia has progressed on the World Press Freedom Index and is categorized as problematic in 79th place among the 180 countries listed by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) but still ranks lowest among the countries of the Western Balkans.
According to the 2022 World Press Freedom Index rankings, Serbia has advanced 14 places but its average grade was lower – 61.51 compared to 67.97 in 2021.
Serbia is ranked lower than the other countries of the region (all of which are in the problematic category) on this year’s index except for Albania which is ranked 103rd – Slovenia is 54th, North Macedonia 57th, Kosovo 61st, Montenegro 63rd, Bosnia-Herzegovina 67th.
The most influential media outlets include the public broadcaster RTS and the independent television network N1, as well as several tabloids, RSF said.
The World Press Freedom Index ranks the 180 countries it monitored in one of five categories – good, satisfactory, problematic, difficult and very serious.