Asia Rights

Journal of Human Rights, Media and Society in Asia and the Pacific

Reporters Without Borders Documents the RISING TIDE OF MEDIA REPRESSION IN OUR REGION

Reporters Without Borders’ newly released 2013 Press Freedom Index highlights alarming increases in suppression of freedom of speech in our region. North Korea continues to languish at the bottom of the table, and China is little higher, at no. 174 out of 179. Burma has risen from 169 to 151, but Malaysia has fallen to its lowest ever position because of restrictions on access to information. Japan’s position has fallen more sharply than that of any other Asian country (from 22 to 53) because of  “a lack of transparency and almost zero respect for access to information on subjects directly or indirectly related to Fukushima”. As Reporters without Borders notes “This sharp fall should sound an alarm”. For the full Index, click here.

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