Tunisia ranked first Maghreb country favourable for journalists, on Reporters Without Borders (RSF) 2019 index released Thursday.
It stands at the 72nd position over 180 countries featuring into the ranking. Tunisia with this new rating leapt its ranking as it held the 97th place on the 2018 index.
The index focused on several criteria such as pluralism, media independence, media environment and self-censorship, legislative framework, transparency, and the quality of the infrastructure that supports the production of news and information.
Tunisia is far ahead of its regional neighbors Mauritania (97); Morocco (135); Algeria (141); and Libya (172). According to the report, both Morocco and Algeria took steps backward.