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(Global Times) Journalism advocacy group Reporters Without Borders (RWB) released its World Press Freedom Index Wednesday, ranking China fifth from bottom, and Vietnam just one place higher. The group, while criticizing Asian countries, including South Korea and Japan for deteriorating press freedom, has mainly pointed the finger at China.

Founded in 1985 by Robert Ménard, RWB claims it has offices in 15 countries, but is exposed to have only some 20 staff. In his book The Hidden Face of Reporters Without Borders, Maxime Vivas reveals that the organization received financing from the CIA. The US National Endowment for Democracy and governments of other countries are among its sponsors.

Ménard-advocated "press freedom" is part of Western political structure and an internal rule formed after hundreds of years of Western societal development. It is totally unfit for many developing countries. From RWB's list, we choose South Korea (70th) and Singapore (154th) as two examples to analyze Western-style press freedom. Close to South Korea is Hong Kong (69th). Countries ranking above them include many poor Latin American countries, turbulent ex-Yugoslavian states and underdeveloped African nations. Many introduced Western press freedom after the Cold War, and have to bear the sophistication, to which their economic and societal development find hard to adapt.

It is absurd that Afghanistan, Chad, Lebanon and Liberia are all ranked above Singapore and Malaysia (146th). Many globally recognized turbulent states, including Iraq, Rwanda and Somalia are ranked above China (176th) and Vietnam (175th).

The ranking is led by several northern European countries, such as Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Denmark. Generally, Western nations round out the top of the list. It gives an impression that the West is pushing developing countries into their ideological circle. How they are judged has nothing to do with the development level, in fact there are many examples that suggest the contrary. It prompts us to think.

The constructiveness of journalism is more important than press freedom to developing countries. This constructiveness includes press freedom and supervision of the media, however it must incorporate understanding of different local political and economic development. The purpose of journalism is not to advocate its absolute freedom, but to help advance societal progress in a suitable way.

This theory, seemingly going against press freedom, could easily be misunderstood, but it has been repeatedly proved in the price paid by developing countries.

Admittedly, there is still a lot of room for improvement in China in the expanding scope of news reporting and enhancing information transparency. But when we make progress, we need to get rid of ways of thinking and logic that the West imposes on us.


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Post time 2016-4-21 17:20:47 |Display all floors
It gives an impression that the West is pushing developing countries into their ideological circle.

What ideology would that be then ?
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Post time 2016-4-21 17:30:54 |Display all floors
Well, of course countires like Chad,Somalia and Lebanon rank above China. They don't have the knowledge, tech, money etc to have such a good working censorship machine like China. Also the great firewall...
In those countries people can still at least access the internet unrestricted.
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Alex2010 Post time: 2016-4-21 17:30
Well, of course countires like Chad,Somalia and Lebanon rank above China. They don't have the knowle ...

Porn to be restricted for Norway inmates

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I584aust1n Post time: 2016-4-21 20:08
Look you piece of zh!t. Phuk0ff back to Germany and bark at merkel the zio-puppet-t.art ok?

I see nothing has changed the last few years of my absence...still ghosts poping up
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I584aust1n Post time: 2016-4-21 20:19
It has become harder for propagandists to work the forums that much I can tell ya!

Oh and sit on  ...

The only reaction you achieve is me laughing. So go on...amuse me ;)
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I584aust1n Post time: 2016-4-21 20:25
IS THAT ALL you have?  *sigh*  No wonder your motherland is taking a million towelheads - they'd h ...

Which is still 70 points ahead of you...
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