Praia, April 27 (Inforpress) – The president of the Journalists of Cabo Verde Association, Carla Lima, said that the rise of five positions in the Press Freedom Index is not a surprise, because “there are internal factors” which contributed to this.
“When there is a situation that degrades a bit around the world, especially in Africa, countries like Cabo Verde clearly have a tendency to stand out at this point,” she said to the RCV today, explaining that there are some events that Reporters Without Borders (RSF) take very into account and in Cabo Verde for years they are not verified.
“We know that, for example, prisons, mistreatment or assaults on journalists or issues of this nature have not occurred for years,” she added, adding that regarding to the laws, the RFS commend the Constitution of Cabo Verde since the country has good legislation in relation to the media.
For Carla Lima, this position constitutes “acquired data” and “consolidated gains” in the archipelago that allow to achieve this position, on the other hand, stresses that the level of self-censorship referenced by the RSF is “worrisome”, where she considers that the smallness of the country and the African landscape encourages journalists not to conflict with potential future employers.
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