The Committee to Protect Journalists has just published its top ten list of most censored countries and here they are:
- North Korea
- Saudi Arabia
- Equatorial Guinea
I have never heard of the Committee to Protect Journalists before but I am sure they mean well. Their blog is full of bad news stories about journalism and their offerings include an emergency response team, safety advisories, a safety kit, and an advocacy center among other things. They even have a graph showing the number of journalists killed since 1992 and you know what? 2019 is the best year with only 16 journalists killed so far. One probable cause could be that are are fewer journalists: from 2008-2018, 33,000 newspaper jobs were axed in the US.
Censorship may be alive and well but the journalists are too and that is a good thing.