FYROM ranks 109 in the latest report for the freedom of media issued by Reporters without Borders, going up two places as opposed to past year, when it ranked 111st.
"The "fake news" issue has received less atttention in the past year, with concern now focused on attacks by hackers on the IT systems of the Estonian media", the report said.
According to the report, the "Macedonian Radio Television" public network is still at the service of VMRO-DPMNE, because the heads of the network have not been replaced.
The threat of state regulation and online intimidation campaigns against journalists left the United Kingdom 40th in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the campaign group based in Paris.
The report says the situation is deteriorating in Europe, despite the fact it has been a traditionally safe environment for journalists.
One notable exception was Taiwan, the RSF said, as it topped the rankings for the continent. "To dispute the legitimacy of journalism today is to play with extremely unsafe political fire", he added.
RSF described a "continued heavy-handed approach towards the press - often in the name of national security - and a climate of hostility towards the media" as it revealed the updated index today.
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Unsurprisingly, the best five spots within the 180 country-long list is Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland and Switzerland.
"Journalistic independence has also been threatened by Taiwanese officials who have interfered directly in the editorial policies of the state-owned media", continues the report.
North Korea was at the bottom, the same as past year.
India, likewise, has fallen from 136th to 138th on the index.
The threat to journalists is not confined to verbal violence.
RSF's index gave the following rankings to other countries in the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, South Asia, and the Middle East: Georgia 61, Bosnia-Herzegovina 62, Croatia 69, Serbia 76, Kosovo 78, Armenia 80, Moldova 81, Ukraine 101, Montenegro 103, Macedonia 109, Afghanistan 118, Pakistan 139, Tajikistan 149, Belarus 155, Kazakhstan 158, Iran 164, and Uzbekistan 165.
Some Asian countries continue to sit near the bottom of the index due to "their relentless suppression of criticism and dissent", says the statement, including Azerbaijan (163rd), Vietnam (175th), and China (176th).