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Group Says Iran, Turkmenistan Among '10 Worst Countries To Be A Blogger'

The Committee To Protect Journalists says Iran, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, and China are among the "10 worst countries to be a blogger."

In a new report, the New York-based journalism advocacy group says Myanmar, ruled by a military regime that heavily censors print and broadcast media, is the worst place in the world to be blogging.

The report ranks Iran as the second-worst, saying that Iranian authorities "regularly detain or harass bloggers who write critically about religious or political figures, the Islamic revolution, and its symbols."

The report also says authorities in Syria, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Egypt, China, Vietnam, Cuba, and Turkmenistan use detentions, regulations, or intimidation to restrict Internet activity.

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