This would occur, Clinton said, despite the efforts of countries like China to fight the spread of information. This year, it assessed 65 countries, and found freedoms had declined in 26 of them.
The researchers said online freedom is facing threats in democratic and authoritarian states. A similar conference for senior media staff from Thailand was described by Chinese news outlets as an opportunity for visitors to learn about "the Chinese Dream", it said. That country used many means to cripple internet freedom in 2018.
What is particularly concerning, Freedom House claims, is that many other countries have also started using the Chinese model of controlling information and conducting intrusive web surveillance.
Ukraine became 33 in the ranking of freedom of expression online and located in the middle of the list, which consists of 65 countries.
U.S. think tank Freedom House has claimed that internet freedom is declining across the world, with authoritarian governments following China's example and using surveillance and censorship to repress public dissent.
The report added that Indian and Sri Lankan authorities temporarily shut down mobile networks or blocked social media apps during riots and protests, claiming that the measures were necessary to halt the flow of disinformation and incitement to violence.
As fake news on social media has become a deadly problem, governments are using it as an "opening wedge for censorship", Michael Chertoff, the group's chairman and a former United States secretary for Homeland Security, told reporters by phone. Countries are classified as "free", "not free" or "partially free" based on criteria such as rights violations and countrywide internet access. The report mainly focuses on how the Chinese propaganda on internet laws and internet freedom could lead the world into a technological dystopia and on the unconstrained spreading of "fake news" all over social media platforms and finally the report also mentions the various steps to be taken by policymakers and private sectors to maintain online liberty of the people.
China is said to have a sophisticated internet censorship mechanism, known as the "Great Firewall". "More governments are turning to China for guidance and support at a time when the United States' global leadership is on the decline, and the acquiescence of foreign companies to Beijing's demands only emboldens the regime in its effort to rewrite worldwide rules in its favor".