In his statement Minister of Finance and Mass Media stated that Sri Lanka’s rank in the World Press Freedom Index has moved from 165 to 131.
In order to assess the accuracy of the claim, we looked at the World Press Freedom Index’s rankings from 2013 to 2018.
Just as the Minister quoted, Sri Lanka’s rank in the index has moved from 165 in 2013 (and 2014) to 131 in 2018.
Thus, we have categorised the Minister’s claim as TRUE.
- The World Press Freedom Index is compiled by Reporters Without Borders. For the Index, please refer: https://rsf.org/en/