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China keeps ranking as one of world's worst freedom abusers: report

Civil liberties, political rights broadly declined across Asia-Pacific last year

China has intesified its citizen surveillance while the military junta in Myanmar has imposed martial law, a report on political freedom says (Source photos by Reuters)

HONG KONG -- China has retained its distinction as one of the world's worst abusers of personal freedom, according to U.S.-based advocacy group Freedom House, which saw declines in civil liberties across the Asia-Pacific region.

In its annual report ranking political rights and freedoms in 210 nations and territories, the group on Thursday warned that freedom of expression last year deteriorated the most since 2005 as states ramped up attacks on the media.

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