Taiwan’s press ranked freest in Asia

Taiwan has ranked 45th in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index from Reporters Without Borders. That's up six places from last year. Taiwan's score was the highest of any Asian country in this year's index.

The index, published annually since 2002, examines press freedom based on seven indicators. These include media independence, pluralism, and abuses and violence against reporters. This year's addition of the index examined conditions in 180 countries and territories.

Taiwan led Asia in press freedom but the index's authors note Chinese pressure and interference from officials as problems.

Reporters Without Borders announced earlier in April that it will open its first Asian bureau in Taiwan.

Source: Radio Taiwan International