Press freedom remains highly restricted in Laos. Only North Korea scores worse in the overall ranking of the Asian region. Even though improvements in communication infrastructure were made, all media are controlled by the government. Media personnel are appointed mostly from within the LPRP, and publications must be approved by the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism. The internet is more or less free and the online community is growing, though still relatively small. According to an official of the national Ministry of Post and Telecommunication, Laos has no intention to restrict the use of social media unless they are used to spread “inappropriate” or “inaccurate” information. (Unsurprisingly, details on what constitutes “inappropriate” or
inaccurate” content were not given.) Foreign journalists are allowed to enter the country and freely report on certain topics. But occasionally they are refused immigration and long-term stay permits are seldom granted.