What Are Some Countries That Are Openly Denying Freedom of Press?


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Eritrea, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) and China are ranked in the bottom five of the 2015 World Press Freedom Index. Eritrea ranks last out of 180 countries on the index.

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As of 2015, Eritrea imprisons the third highest number of journalists. Many of the imprisoned journalists are restricted from communicating with family members or lawyers, and many are believed to have died under detainment. North Korea is notorious for being one of the most egregious violators of human rights. Independent journalism is close to non-existent in the country with all news produced through the state. China has consistently ranked near the bottom of the index while imprisoning the most journalists of any country in the world.

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