By: Emmanuelle Tzeng and Evelyn Kao
Paris, April 26 (CNA) Taiwan’s global press freedom ranking improved this year,
moving up six notches from 2016 to 45th, the best performance by any Asian country, according to the Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2017 released on Wednesday by the Paris-based Reporters without Borders (RSF).
Taiwan’s ranking is better than South Korea’s, which was 63rd, up seven places from last year; Japan, which remained at 72nd; and Hong Kong, which fell four places to 73rd this year.
Norway placed first in the index, which measures the level of press freedom in 180 countries, and was followed by Sweden and Finland. The other countries rounding out the top 10 are Denmark, Netherlands, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Jamaica, Belgium, and Iceland. [FULL STORY]