Hope #28: Press Freedom

Malaysia has been ranked at 142nd spot among 199 countries on press freedom by US-based non-governmental organisation Freedom House.

In its Press Freedom Report 2014, Malaysia achieved a press freedom score of 65 and is categorised as “not free”, sharing the same spot with Pakistan and Turkey…

Freedom House noted that global press freedom declined in 2014 to its lowest point in more than 10 years.

It said the steepest decline relates to two factors – the passage and use of restrictive laws against the press, often on national security grounds, and the ability of local and foreign journalists to physically access and report freely.

Malaysia recently saw a string of arrests under the Sedition Act in 2014.

This came despite Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s promise to repeal the law….

source: Malaysian Insider

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