UNITED NATIONS – The small African nation of Eritrea tops even North Korea in its restrictions on the media, a new global report says.
The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has issued its annual list of the world's top 10 most censored states.
Here's the rest of the list: Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Azerbaijan, Vietnam, Iran, China, Myanmar and Cuba.
How nations restrict Internet access is an important factor in the report. Eritrea allows only dial-up access, and North Korea allows Internet access to a small number of elite. And Eritrea has the world's smallest percentage of citizens with mobile phones, at 5 percent.
The report says 44 journalists are imprisoned in China, more than any other country. That's the highest number since the journalism group started keeping track a quarter-century ago.