Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, Censorship

Saudi Arabia, Eritrea

10 countries cited for extreme media censorship: Watchdog

10 countries cited for extreme media censorship: Watchdog

10.9.2019

10 countries cited for extreme media censorship: Watchdog

WASHINGTON: Eritrea is the world's worst country for press censorship, a media watchdog said on Tuesday (Sep 10) in a report which also cites ...

Under the three worst regimes - Eritrea, North Korea, and Turkmenistan - the media"serves as a mouthpiece of the state, and any independent journalism is conducted from exile", said a report by the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists.

Other countries on the list of the 10 worst regimes for media"use a combination of blunt tactics like harassment and arbitrary detention as well as sophisticated surveillance and targeted hacking to silence the independent press", the report said.

"The internet was supposed to make censorship obsolete, but that hasn't happened," said CPJ executive director Joel Simon.

"Many of the world's most censored countries are highly wired, with active online communities. These governments combine old-style brutality with new technology, often purchased from Western companies, to stifle dissent and control the media."

In Eritrea, the report noted, the state retains a legal monopoly of broadcast media and journalists' alternative sources of information, such as the internet or satellite broadcasts of radio stations in exile, are restricted via government-controlled internet services.

China has the most sophisticated censorship apparatus, according to CPJ, which noted that Chinese internet users are blocked by the"Great Firewall" and that authorities monitor domestic social media networks and conduct surveillance of international journalists.

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