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Freedom House Press Freedom Survey Shows China's Continuing Trends

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Published on May 3, 2012

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On Tuesday, Freedom House unveiled the findings of its "Freedom of the Press" 2012 Survey. Findings show the Chinese regime's censorship and restrictions on news persist.

Freedom House released Tuesday the findings of the Freedom of the Press 2012 survey in front of the World Press Freedom map at the Newseum in Washington, DC. This is its annual press freedom survey.

Freedom House president David Kramer and survey project director, Karin Karlekar highlighted the main findings in global trends on press freedom in 2011.

[Karin Karlekar, Press Freedom Survey Project Director]:
"First the positive news, the Middle East and North Africa saw a dramatic and precarious gains, with three countries, Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia experiencing tremendous improvements as a result of the Arab Spring revolutions."

Karlekar said the Chinese regime's press censorship and restrictions have not improved.

[Karin Karlekar, Press Freedom Survey Project Director]:
"We did see sort of a continuation of the same dynamics where there were serious and considered attempts by the Chinese Communist Party to censor news and information, particularly about the Arab Spring uprisings, and also about domestic events in China."

She noted some positive trends.

[Karin Karlekar, Press Freedom Survey Project Director]:
"We did see push back from new media, from bloggers, from citizen journalists trying to get sort news out of China on alternative platforms."

The report indicated global media freedom did not deteriorate for the first time in eight years.

But, the percentage of the global population living in countries with a free press has dropped to its lowest in over a decade—because of downgrades in formerly "free" countries.

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