Freedom of the press continued to decline around the world for the sixth year in a row, according to the latest report from Freedom House. North Korea, perhaps not surprisingly, got the worst ranking, followed by Burma. Other countries listed at the bottom include Cuba, Libya, and Turkmenistan. Russia, along with other former Soviet countries, showed the worst decline on a regional level.
A small number of countries showed improvements, including Egypt, which along with other countries benefits from the growing availability of satellite TV and online news, according to the report. In the US, freedom of the press remains relatively good, though the US ranking worsened a tad as a result of a slight increase in physical attacks against journalists for the purpose of intimidation.
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