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Asia-Pacific press freedom takes another step back

North Korea, China at rock bottom as Hong Kong slips from top 10

Journalists and citizens rally in May 2016 to demand protection of press freedoms after the abrupt firing of a veteran editor at Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao. (Photo by Kenji Kawase)

HONG KONG -- Freedom of the press is eroding all across the globe, according to the latest findings by watchdog organization Reporters without Borders. While relatively speaking, the Asia-Pacific region is not as bad as others, like the Middle East and Eastern Europe, there seems not to be much to celebrate on this front.

The Paris-based nonprofit, known as RSF, evaluates and maintains an index of freedoms granted to journalists in 180 countries. It takes into account such factors as the level of pluralism, media independence, the quality of the legislative framework, and the safety of journalists.

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