Prisoners of the Press: Worst 10 MidEast countries for journalists

Published February 21st, 2015 - 03:15 GMT

Reporters Without Borders this month came out with its 2014 Press Freedom Index, and no surprise — last year was the worst for reporters. The past three years have been the deadliest.

The Reporters Without Borders country rankings are based on a point system, with 180 being the worst score and one being the best. The more armed conflicts there are, the more journalists have been targeted and killed. The deadliest region? The Middle East. Here are the worst perpetrators.

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TURKEY (149/180): In the past year President Tayyip Erdogan had cracked down on social media, banning Twitter for a stint and indicting a Dutch freelancer for “making propaganda.” Turkey has consistently been one of the worst press jailers, topped last year only by China. (AFP/File)

TURKEY (149/180): In the past year President Tayyip Erdogan had cracked down on social media, banning Twitter for a stint and indicting a Dutch freelancer for “making propaganda.” Turkey has consistently been one of the worst press jailers, topped last year only by China. (AFP/File)

TURKEY (149/180): In the past year President Tayyip Erdogan had cracked down on social media, banning Twitter for a stint and indicting a Dutch freelancer for “making propaganda.” Turkey has consistently been one of the worst press jailers, topped last year only by China. (AFP/File)
TURKEY (149/180): In the past year President Tayyip Erdogan had cracked down on social media, banning Twitter for a stint and indicting a Dutch freelancer for “making propaganda.” Turkey has consistently been one of the worst press jailers, topped last year only by China. (AFP/File)