The French-based non-governmental organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on May 3 released its 20th World Press Freedom Index. China ranked 175th among 180 countries.

China is 2 places ahead of last year’s 177th. However, it is still the sixth from the bottom in this year’s ranking.

Reporters Without Borders said that China uses its legislation to confine its population and cut it off from the rest of the world.

In addition, Hong Kong fell sharply to 148th in the index. It’s due to a national security law that targets journalists critical of the Chinese government.

Other last five places belong to Myanmar (176th), Turkmenistan (177th), Iran (178th), Eritrea (179th), North Korea (180th)

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