Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Press Freedom in Malaysia

Malaysia's Press Freedom ranking has dropped down the ranks. Maybe the government don't view it important. According to Reporters Without Borders ("RWB"), Malaysia is now ranked 124 and below is the list of other countries ranked below Malaysia. Surprisingly, Singapore is listed at no. 141. But at least Singapore is well ahead economically despite such restriction.

Whom do we want to compare with then? Just look at those countries below Malaysia and we are listed amongst the worst out of 169 countries.

Rest of the listing:-
125 Kazakhstan / 126 Colombia / 127 Burundi / 128 Philippines / 129 Maldives / 130 Gambia / 131 Nigeria / 132 Djibouti / 133 Democratic Republic of Congo / 134 Bangladesh / 135 Thailand / 136 Mexico / 137 Nepal / 138 Swaziland / 139 Azerbaijan / 140 Sudan / 141 Singapore / 142 Afghanistan / 143 Yemen / 144 Russia / 145 Tunisia / 146 Egypt / 147 Rwanda / 148 Saudi Arabia / 149 Zimbabwe / 150 Ethiopia / 151 Belarus / 152 Pakistan / 153 Equatorial Guinea / 154 Syria / 155 Libya / 156 Sri Lanka / 157 Iraq / 158 Palestinian Territories / 159 Somalia / 160 Uzbekistan / 161 Laos / 162 Vietnam / 163 China / 164 Burma / 165 Cuba / 166 Iran / 167 Turkmenistan / 168 North Korea / 169 Eritrea

Extracted from RWB - Government repression no longer ignores bloggers
In Malaysia (124th), Thailand (135th), Vietnam (162nd) and Egypt (146th), for example, bloggers were arrested and news websites were closed or made inaccessible. “We are concerned about the increase in cases of online censorship,” Reporters Without Borders said. “More and more governments have realised that the Internet can play a key role in the fight for democracy and they are establishing new methods of censoring it. The governments of repressive countries are now targeting bloggers and online journalists as forcefully as journalists in the traditional media.”

At least 64 persons are currently imprisoned worldwide because of what they posted on the Internet. China maintains its leadership in this form of repression, with a total of 50 cyber-dissidents in prison. Eight are being held in Vietnam. A young man known as Kareem Amer was sentenced to four years in prison in Egypt for blog posts criticising the president and Islamist control of the country’s universities.
Tags: Reporters Without Borders, Malaysia, Press Freedom, Online Censorship, Bloggers

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