World Press Freedom Index: Censorship and disinformation virus hits Asia Pacific

Authoritarian regimes in Asia Pacific have used the COVID-19 pandemic to perfect their methods of totalitarian control of information, while the ‘dictatorial democracies’ have used it as a pretext for imposing especially repressive legislation with provisions combining propaganda and suppression of dissent, said Reporters Without Borders (RFS) in a statement on Tuesday (20 Apr).

The behaviour of the region’s few real democracies have meanwhile shown that journalistic freedom is the best antidote to disinformation, RSF added.