Ukraine 130th in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index

Ukraine 130th in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index

This shows a significant drop of 12 places, compared to the country's rating of 136th position in 2016.

The Berlin-based worldwide coalition against corruption released Wednesday its 2017 Corruption Perception Index, an annual ranking of countries based on perceived levels of corruption, which found "a high corruption burden in more than two-thirds of the countries surveyed", the report shows.

The UAE has improved its ranking in the annual Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International, moving up three places from the 24th position it held in 2016 to the 21st position in 2017.

The country's corruption crackdown intensified past year, with scores of businesspeople and former government officials jailed, a factor that boosted consumer optimism for 2018, according to a Financial Times survey.

With 89 points, New Zealand is the country with the lowest perceived occurrence of corruption in the world.

Other countries in the bottom 10 are South Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, North Korea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea and Venezuela. The best, Transparency said, performing region is Western Europe with an average score of 66.

Transparency International described results in the Asia Pacific region as having "high variance in public sector corruption".

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It singled out the Philippines, India and the Maldives as countries that have fewer press freedoms and higher numbers of journalist deaths.

The report cites reports compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists, which gives a list of journalists killed in various countries since 1992. This was the country's lowest score in the index in five years.

Here, it may be noted that in the past two years, there has been a rise in the number of attacks on journalists and crackdown on the media in India.

India's Ministry of Home Affairs, too, has been taking measures against thousands of NGOs that receive funds from overseas and cancelling their licences for allegedly violating the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act.

Transparency International Malaysia President Datuk Akhbar Satar said some of the reasons that contributed to the lower score past year were the issues surrounding 1Malaysia Development Bhd and SRC International Sdn Bhd, the Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd scandal and the conviction of opposition parliamentarian Rafizi Ramli for whistle-blowing. The report gives a snapshot of perceived corruption throughout the globe, by assigning a score out of 100 to each country. There is no corruption free country in the world.

Curran said the Labour-led government was also committed to reviewing and improving access to information, and had started work on human rights in the digital environment.

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