Feel free to check out the list. Feel free to feel outraged. Feel free to feel helpless.
So how did CPJ pick the ten from the world's 195 independent countries?
In consultation with Internet experts, CPJ developed eight questions to assess blogging conditions worldwide. The questions:
- Does a country jail bloggers?
- Do bloggers face harassment, cyber-attacks, threats, assaults, or other reprisals?
- Do bloggers self-censor to protect themselves?
- Does the government limit connectivity or restrict access to the Internet?
- Are bloggers required to register with the government or an ISP and give a verifiable name and address before blogging?
- Does a country have regulations or laws that can be used to censor bloggers?
- Does the government monitor citizens who use the Internet?
- Does the government use filtering technology to block or censor the Internet?
Based on these criteria, CPJ regional experts nominated countries for this list. The final ranking was determined by a poll of CPJ staff and outside experts.
The "worst" list here.
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