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10 Most Censored Countries

The list addresses only those countries where the government tightly controls the media. The conditions for journalists and press freedom in states such as Syria, Yemen, and Somalia are also extremely difficult, but not necessarily attributable solely to government censorship. Rather, factors like violent conflict, insufficient infrastructure, and the role of non-state actors create conditions that are dangerous for…

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump at dinner in Hanoi on February 27. The White House blocked four journalists from covering the event. (AFP/Saul Loeb)

White House setting wrong example at Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi

Washington, D.C., February 27, 2019–The White House today barred four journalists from covering a dinner in Hanoi between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, citing “sensitivities over shouted questions,” according to news reports. The unusual move came a day after Vietnamese officials relocated the White House press corps filing center from…

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People bow as they pay their respects before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang on April 15, 2018. Eight South Korean journalists were denied entry visas into North Korea to cover the dismantling of a nuclear test site in North Korea, according to news reports. (AFP/Ed Jones)

Eight South Korean journalists denied entry into North Korea

New York, May 22, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on North Korea to allow journalists access to cover the dismantling of a nuclear test site in the country.

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In this image from a video aired by North Korea's KRT in August, Kim Jong Un speaks with officials in North Korea. The country has sentenced two South Korean journalists to death in absentia. (KRT via AP Video)

North Korea sentences two South Korean journalists to death in absentia

New York, September 1, 2017–A North Korean court has sentenced the South Korean journalists Son Hyo-rim, of Dong-A Ilbo, and Yang Ji-ho, of Chosun Ilbo, and the papers’ respective director generals, Kim Jae Ho and Pang Sang Hun to death, the country’s state media reported yesterday. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the sentences and…

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Supervised Access

North Korea masks deep censorship by admitting foreign reporters By Jessica Jerreat North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s absolute grip on the flow of public information and deadly approach to dissent have made the country one of the most brutally censored in the world.

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BBC crew detained, expelled from North Korea

New York, May 9, 2016–The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the detention and subsequent expulsion of a BBC crew visiting North Korea.

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, April 2015

CPJ launches annual publication Attacks on the Press At a U.N. press conference on April 27 to launch CPJ’s annual publication Attacks on the Press, CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon called on the U.N. Security Council to include in its May 27 debate on Journalist Safety a warning to states that they should not use…

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10 Most Censored Countries

10 Most Censored Countries 1. Eritrea 2. North Korea 3. Saudi Arabia 4. Ethiopia 5. Azerbaijan 6. Vietnam 7. Iran 8. China 9. Myanmar 10. Cuba Methodology » See updated list of 10 Most Censored Countries at https://cpj.org/reports/2019/09/10-most-censored-eritrea-north-korea-turkmenistan-journalist.php. The 2015 list of 10 Most Censored Countries is part of CPJ’s annual publication, Attacks on the…

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Attacks on the Press: CPJ Risk List

From conflict-ridden Syria to aspiring world leader Brazil, 10 nations on a downslope. By Karen Phillips

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Signs of change in North Korea

CPJ may have raised some eyebrows with this year’s list of the world’s 10 most censored countries. North Korea was relegated to the number two slot, behind Eritrea. In our last ranking, in 2006, we ranked North Korea as the worst, and many other organizations continue to do that.

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