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The Committee to Protect Journalists launches its new ranking of the top ten most censured countries

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On the eve of the Word Press Free­dom Day, The Comit­tee to Pro­tect Jour­nal­ists (CPJpub­lishes its new rank­ing of the top 10 most cen­sured coun­tries. The report specif­i­cally points out Eritrea, North Korea, Syria.

In Eritrea, only state media is allowed to oper­ate and the inter­na­tional press has been shut out, accord­ing to CPJ’s report. North Korea’s offi­cial news agency pro­duces all con­tent for local media, while for­eign reporters have lim­ited access and are always under sur­veil­lance. Syria has imposed a black­out on inde­pen­dent news cov­er­age for more than a year, unleash­ing a range of phys­i­cal and elec­tronic attacks while dis­abling means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. The list of top 10 nations is rounded out by Iran, Equa­to­r­ial Guinea, Uzbek­istan, Burma, Saudi Ara­bia, Cuba and Belarus.

In the name of sta­bil­ity or devel­op­ment, these regimes sup­press inde­pen­dent report­ing, amplify pro­pa­ganda, and use tech­nol­ogy to con­trol rather than empower their own cit­i­zens,” said CPJ Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Joel Simon. “Jour­nal­ists are seen as a threat and often pay a high price for their report­ing. But because the Inter­net and trade have made infor­ma­tion global, domes­tic cen­sor­ship affects peo­ple everywhere.”

The rank­ing was deter­mined accord­ing to 15 bench­marks assessed by CPJ experts. These include the block­ing of web­sites, restric­tions on elec­tronic record­ing and dis­sem­i­na­tion, the absence of pri­vately owned or inde­pen­dent media, restric­tions on jour­nal­ist move­ments, jam­ming of for­eign broad­casts, and block­ing of for­eign cor­re­spon­dents, among oth­ers. All coun­tries on the list met at least 10 benchmarks.

Please find the report avail­able in 5 lan­guages (Ara­bic, Eng­lish, French, Russ­ian, and Span­ish) on CPJ web­site

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