The organisation describes countries at the bottom of the list — Turkmenistan, North Korea, and Eritrea — as “news and information black holes and living hells for the journalists who inhabit them.”
An interesting note: Edward Snowden told The Washington Post in May that he wanted to apply for asylum in Iceland or some other country “with strong internet and press freedoms.”
The former NSA contractor had gone from Hawaii to Hong Kong on May 20. As you can see, China is black on this index. Snowden said he wanted to go to Latin America — where only three countries have satisfactory press freedom according to the index — and ended up in Russia, where a disturbing number of journalists have been killed while reporting.
The 2013 map of the global freedom of Internet is quite similar to the one for press.
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