No light at the end of the tunnel
The Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) exercises absolute control over the media. Increasingly aware of the restrictions imposed on the official media, Laotians are turning to social media. But the boom in online news and information platforms is threatened by a 2014 decree under which Internet users who criticize the government and the Marxist-Leninist LPRP can be jailed. Only three of the 40 or so TV channels are privately-owned, which falls far short of addressing the lack of media pluralism in Laos. A decree by the prime minister that took effect in January 2016 allows foreign media to set up office in Laos on condition that they submit their content to LPRP censorship. As a result, only the Chinese news agency Xinhua and the Vietnamese news agency Nhân Dân have opened bureaus in Vientiane.
170 in 2017
66.41 in 2017