Global: Press freedom violations up 14 per cent

The 2016 World Press Freedom Index reveals a “deep and disturbing decline in respect for media freedom”, with global press freedom violations up 14 per cent in the past three years.

The index, prepared annually by the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders, shows for the first time in more than a decade the press is freer in Africa than in the Americas.

Overall, press freedom was eroded in two-thirds of the 180 countries tracked since last year, resulting in about a 3.7 percent decline in press freedom.

Europe’s news media is freest, by far. Africa is next, followed by the Americas, where violence against journalists is on the rise, according to the Reporters Without Borders report. Asia and Eastern Europe are next, followed by North Africa and the Middle East.

“The survival of independent news coverage is becoming increasingly precarious in both the state and privately-owned media because of the threat from ideologies, especially religious ideologies, that are hostile to media freedom, and from large-scale propaganda machines,” the report says.

New Zealand is ranked in fifth position and Australia again holds the 25th place on the index.

No Mail bid yet for Yahoo!

The Daily Mail & General Trust has not submitted a bid to purchase Yahoo! and the US internet company remains in talks with other interested parties, the publisher said in a statement on Wednesday.

The publisher said it had no further comment in regard to speculation over a possible bid for Yahoo!

Dow Jones reports that DMGT had been looking to exploit the increasing popularity of its celebrity-focused website Dailymail.com in the US. DMGT said in its latest full year results that it was focused on building its US audience “alongside gaining traction with its US advertiser base.”

Internet company revenue down 18pc

The deteriorating financial position at Yahoo! has emerged with the release of the internet company’s first-quarter report.

AP reports that after subtracting ad commissions, Yahoo!’s revenue fell 18 per cent from the same period last year, to $US859 million. It is the largest decline in Yahoo’s quarterly net revenue since the company hired Marissa Mayer as its CEO almost four years ago.

Yahoo! lost $US99 million during the period, compared with a $US21 million profit last year.

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