The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has released a report detailing the 10 worst countries for censorship. Eritrea and North Korea are ranked number one and two, respectively, with Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and Azerbaijan rounding out the top five.
“In Eritrea, President Isaias Afewerki has succeeded in his campaign to crush independent journalism, creating a media climate so oppressive that even reporters for state-run news outlets live in constant fear of arrest,” explained the CPJ report. “The threat of imprisonment has led many journalists to choose exile rather than risk arrest. Eritrea is Africa’s worst jailer of journalists, with at least 23 behind bars-none of whom has been tried in court or even charged with a crime.”
The rest of the top 10 most censored countries—in order—include Vietnam, Iran, China, Myanmar and Cuba.
Congrats, America! You aren’t top 10 bad. As for top 20…