The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an international press rigths group, has included Azerbaijan and Iran on its list of the 10 most censored countries in the world.
The list is based on research into the government censorship tactics ranging from imprisonment and repressive laws to harassment of journalists and restrictions on Internet access.
Azerbaijan’s ranking as the fifth most repressive state for journalists, and Iran’s ranking as the seventh worst, were based on its record among the world’s worst jailers of journalists.
Eritrea and North Korea were named as the first and second most censored countries.
Other countries on the list include Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Vietnam, China, Burma, and Cuba.
CPJ plans to release a full report on the listed countries on April 27.