Friday, May 2, 2014

Malaysia trending down in Press Freedom Report


1:10PM May 2, 2014

Malaysiakini

Malaysia has once again been categorised as "not free" under the Freedom House's Press Freedom Report for the year 2013, despite a slight improvement in global rankings.

In the report, Malaysia also received a "downward trend arrow" due to "rampant electoral fraud and structural obstacles to block the opposition from winning power."

Malaysia climbed up to 141st in the world ranking for press freedom compared to 146th in 2012, but had once again scored 64 points out of a scale of hundred,same as in 2012.

Countries with the lowest scores in the scale of hundred are considered free, while countries with the highest scores are considered not free.

Malaysia's score in the report has been pretty much stagnant since 2005, scoring between 63 to 65 points.

It also cited a court ruling disallowing Christians from using the word 'Allah' for worship, and "worsening prejudice" towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community.

Sweden, Norway and Netherlands were all ranked as having the best press freedom in the world, while Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and North Korea have the worst.

Overall, the Freedom House report states that the global standard for press freedom had declined in 2013.

Malaysia had not scored lower than 60 points in the Freedom House report since the year 1993, when the country scored 58 points.

Between 1999 and 2002, Malaysia fared worse and scored between 70 to 71 points in the index.


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