Asia

Freedom House finds a generally high level of press freedom in the Asia-Pacific region, but this is partly because Australia and New Zealand are included. Freedom House acknowledges that the “figures disguise considerable sub-regional diversity.” Only five countries in this region (14 percent) are considered to have a press that is not free. The other 30 countries are rated free or partly free. Reporters Without Borders rates no country in the region (again, excluding Australia and New Zealand) as any better than facing noticeable problems. China, Vietnam, and Laos are rated as very serious situations.