The five most dangerous countries for journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists tracks journalists’ deaths, imprisonments, and other forms of intimidation. Here are some of the world’s most dangerous countries in which to be a journalist, according to CPJ.

3. China

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A journalist films the scene in front of a blue notice board that reads 'No interview in this compound' displayed next to a road entering the apartment house where Liu Xia, wife of Liu Xiaobo stays in Beijing on Oct. 8.

Although journalists' deaths are rare in China, a 2009 tally of imprisoned journalists by the Committee to Protect Journalists puts China at the top of list, with 24 in prison – although that's lower than in previous years. China has held the top spot on the imprisonment list for 11 years.

Freelancers seem to be especially threatened in China: 22 of the 24 in prison are freelancers, according to the CPJ report. And online journalists are also facing a growing crackdown. CPJ put China as its No. 8 on the "10 Worst Countries to be a Blogger" list, citing its strict online censorship system that catches many Chinese bloggers trying to circumvent the tight control of the newspapers, and then puts them in prison or otherwise punishes them.

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