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Damascus : Syria | Feb 15, 2013 at 10:21 PM PST
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The Committee for the Protection of Journalists released its 2012 risk list that reveals the top ten countries in which it is the most dangerous to be a journalist in the world.

The list was based upon six forms of critieria: fatalities of journalists, imprisonment of journalists, impunity to those who kill journalists, censorship of journalists, restrictive laws to prevent journalists from airing the truth, and forcing journalists into exile.

Without further ado, here are the then worst countries to be a journalist. The list is in alphabetical order.

Brazil -- Over the past year, four journalists were murdered and 191 directive orders were given to journalists to take down online content.

Ecaudor -- Last year, 11 news radio stations were forced to shut down and three journalists were forced into exile. During election years, there is a 90-day ban on all political coverage before elections.

Ethiopia -- Ethiopia is the second worst jailer of journalists in Africa with six journalists imprisoned in 2012. Four other journalists were forced into exile.

Iran -- The country formerly known as Persia is the 4th most censored nation in the world. Four journalists were forced into exile and 45 journalists were imprisoned last year.

Pakistan -- Pakistan is the worst country in the world in regards to impunity as there are currently 19 unsolved journalist murders in the past ten years. Also, seven more journalists were killed and six more were forced into exile in 2012.

Russia -- Any journalist that is anti-government in Russia could legally be fined five million rubles by the government for defamation at any time. Russia is the 9th worst country in the world in combatting deadly anti-press crime with the proof being that 16 murders of journalists remain unsolved over the past decade.

Somalia -- Somalia is the worst country in Africa to be a journalist. Over the past year, 12 journalists were killed and seven journalists were forced into exile. Somalia is also the second worst country in the world in combatting deadly crime to journalists.

Syria -- Right now, Syria is the worst country in the world to be a journalist. Last year, 28 journalists were killed and 15 journalists were imprisoned. Syria also ranks as the third most censored nation in the world.

Turkey -- Turkey is #1 in the world in journalist imprisonments with 49 journalists imprisoned last year. 95% of these journalists are being held on anti-state charges.

Vietnam -- Vietnam is the second-worst jailer of journalists in Asia with 14 imprisoned last year. Vietnam is also the 6th worst nation in the world to be a blogger.

Source: CPJ.org

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The CPJ survey showed that that 136 journalists were jailed in 2008
The CPJ survey showed that that 136 journalists were jailed in 2008
Adrian Holman is based in Joliet, Illinois, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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