Two media rights groups have reported a sharp drop in press freedoms around the world in 2016.
The two groups note that much of the decline in media rights took place in democratic countries.
Freedom House and Reporters Without Borders say North Korea, Syria and China were the countries with the most restrictions on media in 2016. They noted that all three countries were among the worst offenders of press freedoms in recent years.
But what is changing is that democracies, such as the United States, also had a decline in press freedom last year.
Jennifer Dunham is the research director for Freedom House.
One of the biggest trends we saw were declines in democracies, and this was one of the most disturbing trends we saw.
Dunham also spoke about U.S. President Donald Trump. She noted that Trump attacked media organizations and individual reporters during the 2016 presidential campaign -- and since his election.
Dunham said free speech is still valued in the United States.
Right now, we are very concerned about the U.S., but we haven't seen any kind of dramatic decline.
Delphine Halgand is the North America director of Reporters Without Borders. She says Trump's criticisms of the media are making leaders in other countries more willing to limit press freedoms.
This hate speech contributed to disinhibit attacks on the media almost everywhere in the world, including in democratic countries.
In its report last Wednesday, Reporters Without Borders said "media freedom has never been so threatened." It said 62 percent of countries measured showed a decline in press freedom.
The report said the reductions in press freedoms were sharpest in places where "the authoritarian strongman model has triumphed," such as Poland, Hungary and Turkey.
The report said the Middle East and North Africa continued to be the most dangerous area for journalists and media crews last year. Eastern Europe and Central Asia were also dangerous places for reporters.
Reporters Without Borders identified five countries with the highest level of freedom for journalists last year. They are Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands.
Laos, Pakistan, Sweden, Myanmar and the Philippines were the countries with the most improvements in press freedom.
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1. The two groups note that much of the decline in media rights took place in democratic countries.
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2. She says Trump's criticisms of the media are making leaders in other countries more willing to limit press freedoms.
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自由之家(Freedom House)无疆界記者组织(Reporterswithout Borders)表示，朝鲜、叙利亚、中国是2016年新闻自由限制最多的国家 。这2家组织报道，这3个国家近年来违背新闻自由的程度最甚 。
詹妮弗还提到了美国总统特朗普 。詹妮弗强调，特朗普曾在2016年总统大选期间攻击新闻媒体和记者——自其参加大选以来就是如此 。
戴尔芬是无疆界記者组织北美分部的负责人 。戴尔芬表示，特朗普对媒体界的批评之声让其他很多国家的领导人也更加想要限制新闻自由 。
在上周三发布的报告中，无疆界記者组织表示，“新闻自由从未受到如此严重的威胁 。”报告还称，在所比较的国家中，有62%的国家新闻自由有所下滑 。
报告称，2016年，中东和北非依然是记者和媒体最危险的地带 。东欧和中亚也是如此 。
无疆界记者组织认定5个国家为2016年度新闻自由程度最高的国家 。它们是挪威、瑞典、芬兰、丹麦和荷兰 。
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