By MB Online
The Philippines’ ranking in the World Press Freedom Index dropped in 2018, ranking six places lower than last year.
This year, the country placed 133rd globally, with a 42.53 score — a dip from last year’s 41.08 score (127th place).
The annual index published by Reporter Without Borders measures the “level of freedom available to journalists” in 180 countries.
The country was named the deadliest country in Asia for the media in 2017, with a record of four journalists deaths.
Reporter Without Borders cited the revocation of Rappler’s license and President Duterte’s lambasting of media as “attacks on press freedom” in the country.