Press Freedom Index: The top 10 worst countries
Syria, Rwanda, and Yemen have fallen to the bottom of the World Press Freedom Index, the media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said today. The three countries join other single-party dominated governments at the bottom of the annual index, while six democratic Northern European nations tied this year as the best places for media freedom.
"Despite an astonishingly vibrant and active blogosphere, China still censors and jails dissidents and continues to languish in 171st place," according to Reporters Without Borders. Despite a dynamic media and Internet, China remains in a low position because of non-stop censorship and repression, notably in Tibet and Xinjiang.
"We must also pay homage to the human rights activists, journalists and bloggers throughout the world who bravely defend the right to speak out. Their fate is our constant concern. We reiterate our call for the release of Liu Xiaobo, the symbol of the pressure for free speech building up in China, which censorship for the time being is still managing to contain. And we warn the Chinese authorities against taking a road from which there is no way out," Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said today.