failed to enact democratic reforms in 2008 despite promises to do so, a private democracy watchdog organization said Tuesday.
The statement from the Washington, D.C.-basedcame as the group unveiled its 2009 “ ,” report, an analysis on levels of freedom in almost 200 countries around the globe.
By DEBBY WU, Associated Press Writer
Asia researcher Sarah Cook called China’s progress toward freedom in 2008 “disappointing,” particularly following its promises to expand opportunities for free expression in connection with the holding of the summer Olympics.
“There were restrictions on Internet access even after there was some opening of that when the Games first began, and … a lot of attacks and incidents of foreign journalists arrested,” Cook said. “Meanwhile, local journalists continue to face a very difficult environment, including arrests.”
Tuesday was the first time Freedom House publicized its annual report in, which Beijing claims as part of its territory despite the fact the two sides split amid civil war in 1949.