The China Post
Date: February 2, 2017
By: Stephanie Chao
Taiwan has scored higher than the U.S. in Freedom House’s latest report on global
freedom released Tuesday, with the nation listed in the “most free” category for the first time in the past 10 years.
The nonprofit’s Freedom in the World 2017 has called populists and autocrats threats to the global order and named democracies like Taiwan vulnerable”orphaned democrats” under the populist and authoritarian trend.
Under the aggregated score category, Taiwan scored 91 out of 100, higher than the U.S.’ 89 points. Compared to the 2016 scores, Taiwan continued to rank 1 (equaling to most free as compared to the score 7, which mean least free) in terms of political rights.
Taiwan improved in civil liberties, going up from 2 to 1 in ratings. Freedom House named media independence and academic freedom as two critical factors in this category. [FULL STORY]