The ‘New world media order’
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says. China ranked 177th as it sought a “new world media order,” according to the French journalism watchdog.
The report highlighted the treatment of reporters by the authorities during protests: “They have been the targets of police violence… the semi-autonomous territory [has] fallen seven places, one of Asia’s biggest falls.”
China, which Reporters Without Borders identified as an authoritarian regime, was ranked fourth from the bottom above Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea.
“China, which is trying to establish a ‘new world media order,’ maintains its system of information hyper-control, of which the negative effects for the entire world have been seen during the coronavirus public health crisis.”
The NGO cited the arrest of three citizen journalists who reported on the coronavirus crisis as an example of the extensive censorship and suppression of media freedom during the pandemic. The report also mentioned the country’s persecution of dissident journalists and over 100 currently detained journalists of whom the vast majority are Uyghurs.
“One of the most salient crises is geopolitical, caused by leaders of dictatorial, authoritarian or populist regimes making every effort to suppress information and impose their visions of a world without pluralism and independent journalism,” the report said.
How Index scores are calculated by Watch dog
Index scores are calculated by experts using questionnaires sent to journalists across the world in 20 languages. Scandinavian countries – Norway, Finland, and Sweden – were the top three countries in the 2020 index.
Ghana, South Africa, Burkina faso, Botswana, Papua New Guinea, and Senegal make up The top five African countries on the list.