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New Report: Bloggers threatened as much as mainstream journalists

28 October, 2007
By Allison Orr

For the sixth year in a row Reporters Without Borders have released an index measuring the level of press freedom in 169 countries, and have found that the Internet is playing a greater role in press freedom violations.  Several countries’ rankings fell this year due to their repeated repression of online news and information.

"More and more governments have realised that the Internet can play a key role in the fight for democracy and they are establishing new methods of censoring it. The governments of repressive countries are now targeting bloggers and online journalists as forcefully as journalists in the traditional media", Reporters Without Borders said.

At least 64 people are in prison around the world for posting information on the Internet.  This is most common in China, who is 163rd in the rankings.

Australia ranks 28th in the rankings, ahead of the United States (48th), trailing the United Kingdom (24th) and far behind New Zealand (15th).  For a full listing and anlysis of the report, see the Worldnullwide Press Freedom Index 2007.

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