2021 World Press Freedom Index: China ranked fourth from the bottom(177)
Abliz Poskam, Voice of Uyghur
April 21, 2021
China was ranked fourth from the bottom in the Reporters sans frontières / Reporters Without Borders / RSF 2020 Press Freedom Index. Scandinavian countries – Norway, Finland, and Sweden – were the top 3 countries in this year's ranking.
The report said:“China (177th), which continues to take Internet censorship, surveillance, and propaganda to unprecedented levels, is still firmly anchored among the Index’s worst countries, which are indicated in black on the World Press Freedom map. Right below China is the same trio of totalitarian countries that have historically occupied the bottom three places. Two are Asian: Turkmenistan (up 1 at 178th) and North Korea (up 1 at 179th). The third is African: Eritrea (down 2 at 180th). Regardless of their continent, these countries maintain absolute control over all news and information, enabling the first two to claim they had no Covid-19 cases and the third to maintain complete silence about the fate of 11 journalists who were arrested 20 years ago, some of whom have allegedly been held in metal containers in the middle of a desert.”