Reporters Without Borders released its latest version of the World Press Freedom Index, and apparently China has cancer. It ranks sixth from the bottom, at 175, below Vietnam, Iran, Cuba, etc. To give you an understanding of how bad Reporters Sans Frontières believes the situation is:
At the other end of the index, the last three positions are again held by Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea, three countries where freedom of information is non-existent.
China is three spots away — only separated by Somalia and the Syrian Arab Republic — from having “non-existent” “freedom of information.” Nonexistent.
Let’s point out, politely, that for as much as we all hate censorship, saying China has nonexistent freedom of information is a stretch. This is a country that actually allows foreign media, after all. To compare its press freedoms to, say, Yemen doesn’t do anyone justice, least of all the reporters on the ground here who deftly navigate the limits of what’s publishable on a daily basis.
“Chinese Big Brother is watching, and exporting its methods,” reads the subtitle under the Asia section of RSF’s report. Give it a read for a summary of all the reasons you hate government restrictions on press freedom. Then remember that sensationalism is really only useful for eye-catching heat maps.
Here’s another via Business Insider: