The Committee to Protect Journalists reports 2007 was the second worst in suppression of freedom of the press. Only 1994 was worse. Oppression in Iraq and Somalia have pushed up this year’s totals.
The report also singled out China, Russia, the Philippines and Cuba as the worst offenders in recent years in limiting press freedom and failing to counter danger to journalists.
“Journalists were killed in usually high numbers in 2007, with 65 killed in direct connection to their work — up from 56 a year earlier,” Asia coordinator Bob Dietz said at the launch of the group’s annual report, Attacks on the Press, in Hong Kong.
The report singles out the 2003 crackdown in Cuba that still has 20-journalists in jail.