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.

9. Yemen

Rwanda, Yemen and Syria have joined Burma and North Korea in the group of the world’s most repressive countries towards journalists. This does not bode well for 2011," Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said today.

After Yemen fell 10 places in last year's index, The Yemen Times reported: "New media is very tightly controlled by the Ministry of Information, which in addition to monitoring the Internet, bans several mobile phone news services, including those by Nass Mobile or Bela Qoyod Mobile, on the grounds that text messages cannot be properly controlled. Service providers prevent some Internet users from getting access to local news sites."

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