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Malaysia has come in at 145th out of 180 countries in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, falling one rank from last year.
The country’s score, 47.41, also worsened from last year with an increase of 0.52. According to the index, a higher score indicates deteriorating press freedom.
“Several proposed amendments would reinforce the already draconian Official Secrets Act 1972 and the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, posing additional threats to the Malaysian media’s freedom to cover the 2018 general election.
“Bloggers are closely monitored by the authorities, who can prosecute them for spreading ‘false news’, a euphemism for criticism of the government,” read the report on the 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Read more
Source: FMT News
No country has absolute press freedom, says Apandi Ali.
KUALA LUMPUR: Attorney-General Apandi Ali has questioned the World Press Freedom Index 2016 report by Reporters Without Borders, which has placed Malaysia at 146th place out of 180 countries.
“Our firmness in shaping our media’s freedom according to our own mould has been misunderstood by the international community as being indicative of a country that does not hold to democratic principles based on human rights,” Apandi said at a luncheon talk with editors and members of the media here today.
Apandi said according to the World Press Freedom Index, Malaysia’s global score had dropped from 43.29 to 46.57 points this year. According to Reporters Without Borders’ score system, a smaller score indicates greater freedom of the press.
He noted that Reporters Without Borders had reported last year that two-thirds of the countries studied, including the United States and Singapore, had experienced drops in press freedom.
“Taking that into consideration, does this really reflect the level of press freedom in Malaysia?” . Read more
Source: Asian Correspondent
Pic: Reporters Without Borders
MEDIA freedom has “worsened significantly or stagnated” in most of the Asia-Pacific region, according to the 2016 World Press Freedom Index.
The latest rankings measuring journalistic freedom and independence in 180 countries were released today by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), along with a dire conclusion:
“There has been a deep and disturbing decline in respect for media freedom at both the global and regional levels.”
The rankings, which have been released annually since 2002, has seen an overall decline in freedom of information from 2013 to 2016, falling 13.6 percent. Every continent’s score has also suffered a drop in this year’s report.
“It is unfortunately clear that many of the world’s leaders are developing a form of paranoia about legitimate journalism,” said RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire. Read more