[RANKED] Southeast Asia Countries in World Press Freedom Index

[RANKED] Southeast Asia Countries in World Press Freedom Index

Paris-based media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders' (RSF), released its annual Press Freedom Index  for the fourth consecutive year.

Published every year for almost two decades, the ranking rates 180 countries and territories based on "the level of pluralism, media independence, self-censorship, legal framework, and transparency," according to RSF. 

The results are "calculated from responses to a questionnaire that is completed by experts throughout the world, supported by a qualitative analysis."

RSF World Press Freedom. Image: DW
RSF World Press Freedom. Image: DW


Norway has topped, Finland retained its second place, while Denmark moved up two places to round out the top three at the expense of Sweden and the Netherlands, which both dropped a place to fourth and fifth respectively because of an "increase in cyber-harassment."

In Southeast Asia, Malaysia, in 101st position, had the biggest rises in comparison with last year's Index. RSF cited "beneficial effects of changes of government" in the respective nations, as quoted by DW.

The organisation warned on its report that pandemic was "highlighting and amplifying the many crises" already casting a shadow on press freedom. 

The outbreak had encouraged some regimes to "take advantage of the fact people are stunned and mobilization has weakened to impose measures that would be impossible to adopt in normal times", RSF secretary general Christophe Deloire told AFP.

RSF World Press Freedom. Image:
RSF World Press Freedom. Image:


Here are the Press Freedom Index of Southeast Asia countries:

101. Malaysia (33.12)

119. Indonesia (36.82)

136. Philippines (43.54)

139. Myanmar (44.77)

140. Thailand (44.94)

144. Cambodia (45.46)

152. Brunei Darussalam (49.65)

158. Singapore (55.23)

172. Laos (64.28)

175. Vietnam (74.71)


Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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