Global media watchdog Reporters Without Borders issued its World Press Freedom Index Wednesday. Asia’s four communist regimes — North Korea (177th place), China (171st), Vietnam (165th) and Laos (168th) — all did poorly once more.
Timor-Leste is down this year to 93rd spot. That is certainly not a good sign for a small country with such a young media. Agio et al should have a think about that.
Malaysia (141st) and Singapore (136th) also slid down the list. And then there’s Burma at a lowly 174th.
All in all, Southeast Asia hasn’t done very well. I’m not really a fan of these rankings that come out every few weeks, but press freedom is clearly an issue that needs attention in a lot of Southeast Asian countries.
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