In contrast, Trump has weakened the United States media's right to report, the group said, amid incidents including the president's refusal to condemn the Saudi government for allegedly ordering the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi; a number of bomb threats that targeted media outlets a year ago, apparently from a Trump supporter; and the physical assault of a BBC cameraman at a Trump rally where the president had slammed the media as "dishonest".
The report measures the level of media freedom by looking at the level of pluralism, media independence, the environment and self-censorship.
The organization has mentioned insecurity as one of the main reasons for an increase in violence against journalists in Afghanistan.
But of all the world's regions, it is the Americas that has seen the largest dip in its press freedom score.
The annual report also went on to observe that Indian journalists were 'being attacked online as well as in the field.' "All those who dare to criticize Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist ideology online are branded as "anti-Indian" scum who must be purged".
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Further north, the United States' media climate is now classified as "problematic" as a result of an increasingly toxic anti-media rhetoric.
An armed man walked into the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., last June and killed four journalists and another employee. The change of president in 2015 is said to have been accompanied by unprecedented attacks on the press and the country continued its disturbing decline in 2018.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), over 11 percent of the president's tweets have insulted or criticised journalists and news media.
The drop has placed the United States in the orange zone, meaning there is a noticeably problematic press freedom environment.
The concern is growing that basic freedoms, including press freedom, could be sacrificed in the course of the worldwide efforts to restore peace in Afghanistan, the RSF says, adding that in response to this threat, the RSF-backed Centre for the Protection of Afghan Women Journalists has launched several campaigns for the protection of the rights of women journalists as a precondition for peace.
"It is one thing to steer news coverage, by putting things out there or leaking certain stories or trying to avoid coverage of other things-it's entirely another to threaten reporters and to say that news coverage shouldn't be allowed", he said.