Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Eritrea ranked last for first time while G8 members, except Russia, recover lost ground

from Reporters Without Borders

For the first time, Saudi Arabia (148th) has climbed out of the bottom 20. Saudi journalists enjoyed something of a respite in the past year. But the controlled exercised by the information ministry’s media surveillance committee prevents the Wahhabi-led kingdom from rising higher in the ranking. Of the 20 countries at the bottom of the 169 country index, seven are Asian (Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Laos, Vietnam, China, Burma, and North Korea), five are African (Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Somalia and Eritrea), and four are in the Middle East (Syria, Iraq, Palestinian Territories and Iran).

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