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Watchdog Says Press Freedom at Lowest Point in 10 Years

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Freedom House says restrictive new laws and violence against journalists resulted in a global decline of press freedom during 2014, bringing the world's press freedom to its lowest point in more than 10 years.
 
In a report released on April 29, the U.S.-based watchdog said press freedom declined significantly in 18 countries and territories during 2014 -- with some of the worst declines in Azerbaijan, Serbia, and Iraq.
 
Freedom House said Belarus, Russian-annexed Crimea, Iran, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan were among the world's 10 worst-rated countries and territories for press freedom.
 
It said the worst in the Balkans was Macedonia, where press freedom has continued to decline during the past five years.
 
The report says Azerbaijan's government was one of the worst offenders for using detentions and closures of media offices under security or emergency laws, with nine journalists in prison by December 1.
 

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