World's Predators Give Finger to Press Freedom

Abby Zimet

Marking World Press Freedom Day, the non-profit Reporters Without Borders issued its annual world index and launched a new campaign showing how the world's 39 worst dictators “make a mockery of press freedom and their own people.” With an estimated 70 journalists killed and 232 imprisoned during one of the worst years on record - despite the promise of the Arab spring - this year's index showed the same three leaders in media freedom - Finland, Netherlands, Norway - and the same three worst offenders: Turkmenistan, North Korea, Eritrea. Syria comes in right behind them - at least 28 journalists were killed there last year - followed by Somalia, Iran, China, Vietnam, Cuba, Sudan and Yemen. Much more good, bad and intriguing news on the state of a key freedom that Thomas Jefferson insisted "cannot be limited without being lost."

White: good. Black: bad.

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