According to France-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF), political interference is rare but journalists in Taiwan suffer from media environment dominated by sensationalism and the pursuit of profit. Taiwan retained 42nd in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index, the second freest country in Asia in terms of media freedom after South Korea which ranked at 41st. Cédric Alviani, East Asia Director of Reporters without Borders (RSF or Reporters Sans Frontières) said journalists in Taiwan can freely distribute the information but they receive economic pressure from major groups that control the media.
The index of World Press Freedom shows the actual freedom of reporters doing their reporting work in 180 countries in the world and the possibility of the people to access free information. Cédric Alviani said if you look at the map (as shown on the website), nearly half of the world population lives in the areas marked in red or black colors. Black means freedom of information does not exist or is in a very serious situation and red shows that press freedom is in a difficult situation.
RTI’s previous interviews with Cédric Alviani:
September 10, 2017
September 17, 2017