Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The 10 Most Censored Countries

Paul Woodward (on his Asia Business Media Blog) points via Danwei (a great Blog on Chinese media, advertising, and urban life) to CPJ's (Commitee to Protect Journalists) Special Report 2006

The 10 Most Censored Countries

From the report (2-May-2006):

"North Koreans (1) live in the most censored country in the world, a new analysis by the Committee to Protect Journalists has found. The world’s deepest information void, communist North Korea has no independent journalists, and all radio and television receivers sold in the country are locked to government-specified frequencies. Burma (2), Turkmenistan (3), Equatorial Guinea (4), and Libya (5) round out the top five nations on CPJ’s list of the “10 Most Censored Countries.”

Next are

6. Eritrea
7. Cuba
8. Uzbekistan
9. Syria
10. Belarus

Note: China, Russia and Vietnam is not on this Top 10 list ...

full report in English
(describes each country in 3 chapters: Leader, How Censorship Works, and Lowlights)

full report in
Chinese (Mandarin) (PDF)

full report in
Russian (PDF)

Others do not agree .. .
e.g.
Rapporteurs Sans Frontieres

e.g.
Freedom House

I don't think, that ranking the '10 Most censored' is not so important, but the report (and the other two resources I linked too) give a good understanding what and how censorship goes on - and makes us more sensible about a more subtle, but not less powerful censorship (from politics, money, interest groups, your bosses) in our 'free' countries.

earlier entry
RWB Guide for Cyber-Dissident Bloggers

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