Ukraine 130th in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index

"Even more alarming, the index results indicates that countries with the lowest protections for press and non-governmental organizations [NGOs] also tend to have the worst rates of corruption", the CPI report said.

In addition, Botswana and Seychelles, which score 61 and 60 respectively, do better than Spain at 57.

Dzulkifli said the country's latest position in the CPI did not at all reflect the aggressive efforts carried out by MACC in combating corruption throughout previous year.

Pakistan has been ranked 117 in the annual corruption index, released by Berlin-based non-government organisation Transparency International (TI), among a group of 180 countries. "Once again, Botswana topped the charts and the only newcomer in the top 10 this year is the Seychelles, with Ghana having conceded its position". Kosovo and Bulgaria are the only two Balkan countries that improved their ratings.

TI finds crackdowns on NGOs and media are associated with higher levels of corruption in the world.

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According to the index, majority of the 180 countries surveyed had "little or no progress in ending corruption".

"Due to the fact that the cases of top corruption officials started to be sent to court in our country, that we increasingly use effective mechanisms of business and state, Ukraine scored a point".

Transparency said that that their work in more than 100 countries shows that activists and media are vital to combatting corruption.

The TI found that nearly all journalists killed since 2012 were killed in corrupt countries.

Botswana's standing thus placed it within the top fifth of all surveyed nations, as well as above nearly two thirds of the nations of Europe.

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Since 2012, several countries significantly improved their index score, including Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal and the United Kingdom, while several countries declined, including Syria, Yemen and Australia.

Nepal has been ranked in the 122nd position with a score of 31 where 100 means very clean and 0 means very corrupt.

He stressed the need for changing people's mindset to curb corruption.

But, while the NIA head and Jamaica by extension are applauding the improvement in the country's corruption rankings, he has warned that the gains could easily be reversed if certain pressing matters are not addressed. No corruption is small.

"To fight corruption, enforcement of the law must be visible and exemplary", Mannan told this newspaper.

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