Connect with us


Malaysia Drops 18 Places & Ranks 119th Out Of 180 Countries For Press Freedom


Pjimage 2021 04 21T125650.337 1
Source: Roman Kraft l Unsplash & Afeeq Nadzrin l Unsplash

Follow us on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest stories and updates daily.

The RSF (Reporters Without Borders) works to provide information on media freedom worldwide, according to their website. They are most notable for publishing the World Press Freedom Index of 180 countries annually.

The 2021 World Press Freedom Index has just been released and Malaysia dropped 18 ranks as compared to the previous year. Our country now ranks at 119 in 180 countries. They said that ever since the change in government from Pakatan Harapan (PH) to Perikatan Nasional (PN), the situation which was considered “favourable for journalists” has been reversed.

Afeeq Nadzrin Txl 08Bhewa Unsplash 1

They mentioned that the drop in ranking is due to a “draconian legislative arsenal” that works to suppress the freedom of media. The arsenal they were referring to is the 1948 Sedition Act, the 1972 Official Secrets Act and the 1998 Communications and Multimedia Act.

The website has also stated that these laws enable authorities “strict control over the distribution of the publication licences and power over journalists”.

“For the media, the restoration of more authoritarian rule in 2020 has led to prosecutions, police searches, expulsions (of journalists and a whistleblower) and flagrant violations of the confidentiality of journalists’ sources.”

In addition to that, they also mentioned that many journalists are now practising self-censorship.

Roman Kraft Zua2Hyvtbk Unsplash

Norway holds the top rank for countries with the most freedom given to the media while Finland and Sweden follow closely behind. South Korea is the highest-ranking Asian country in the list at #42 while Taiwan is at #43.

What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments your take on this.


Also read: Study: KL Ranks 4th For Top Overworked Cities & Worst Work-Life Balance Globally In 2020

Page 47

Follow us on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest stories and updates daily.

Just In

Collage 16 3 Collage 16 3
News52 mins ago

76y/o M’sian in Kepong Asks His Friend to Return His RM250, Gets Beaten to Death With Plastic Chair

If your responsibility to return the money that you’ve borrowed from others, but an unfortunate man in Kepong, KL met...

Ft Biden Ft Biden
News5 hours ago

US President Biden Congratulates Anwar Over Malaysia’s Inspiring Democracy in GE15

Following his appointment as the 10th Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was soon after flooded with congratulatory messages from...

Collage Son N Dad 1 Collage Son N Dad 1
News24 hours ago

13yo Chess Protégé from Klang Defeats Chess Grandmaster at Johor International Chess Open

Remember Genkeswaran Muniyan, who was featured in an award winning inspiration film about his life story on how he was...

Ft Changi Ft Changi
News1 day ago

Traveller Jokes That He’s Carrying Explosives & Nuclear Weapons at Changi Airport, Gets Fined RM6k

When you’re at the airport, there’s a feeling of heightened awareness due to the various security protocols that exist as...

Collage Scam Collage Scam
News2 days ago

Teacher in Pahang Loses More Than RM200k to Scammers Impersonating Delivery Men & Police Officers

Every now and then, we hear of yet another story of people, regardless of age and profession, losing their hard-earned...

Ft Motor Ft Motor
News2 days ago

M’sian Panics After Seeing Roadblock, Causes Fiancée to Fall Off Bike, Leaves Her Behind & Flees

Fear can often cause you to do some stupid things. Recently, a man was reported to have left his fiancée...

My Post 1 74 My Post 1 74
News3 days ago

Foreign Student Caught Peeking Into The Toilet Of A Female Student’s Condo In Cyberjaya

A 23-year-old Palestinian man was arrested by police officers after he was caught on camera peeking into a female student’s...

Ft Pig Ft Pig
News5 days ago

Butcher Trying to Slaughter Pig in Hong Kong Gets Killed by it After it Regained Consciousness

In a report by the CNN, a butcher in Hong Kong has died while trying to slaughter a pig on...


Latest Videos