10 Most Censored Countries
CPJ's new analysis identifies Eritrea, North Korea, Syria, Iran as worst
Following closely on CPJ's 10 Most Censored Countries list are North Korea, Syria, and Iran—three nations where vast restrictions on information have enormous implications for geopolitical and nuclear stability.
Censorship has intensified significantly In Syria and Iran in response to political unrest. Syria moved from ninth on CPJ's 2006 list to third in this analysis; Iran, unranked in 2006, shot up to number four on CPJ's new list. By barring international media from entering and reporting freely and by attacking its own citizen journalists, Syria has sought to impose a news media blackout on a year-long military crackdown that has roiled the international community. Iran has mixed high-technology techniques such as Web blocking with brute-force tactics such as mass imprisonment of journalists to control the flow of information and obfuscate details of its own nuclear program.