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Taiwan: Press Freedom Ranking Improved

(Nov. 2, 2007) According to the Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2007, issued by the international, Paris-Based press organization Reporters Without Borders, Taiwan is rated highest among its Asian neighbors in press freedom in 2007 and No. 32 worldwide. Among the other 168 countries that comprise the Index, Japan was ranked No. 37; the United States, No. 48; Hong Kong, No. 61, and the People's Republic of China, No. 163. In 2006, Taiwan's ranking was No. 43. Iceland, Norway, and Estonia topped the list in press freedom throughout the world; Turkmenistan, North Korea, and Eritrea were ranked lowest. (Taiwan Tops Freedom List, CNA, Oct. 18, 2007, available at http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2007/10/18/2003383667; Press Release, Reporters Without Borders, Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2007 (Oct. 16, 2007), available at http://www.rsf.org/IMG/pdf/index_2007_en.pdf.)