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Censorship by country

Censorship by country collects information on censorship, Internet censorship, Freedom of the Press, Freedom of speech, and Human Rights by country and presents it in a sortable table, together with links to articles with more information. In addition to countries, the table includes information on former countries, disputed countries, political sub-units within countries, and regional organizations.


  • Key 1
  • Maps 2
    • Freedom of the Press Report 2.1
    • Press Freedom Index 2.2
    • Internet censorship 2.3
    • YouTube blocking 2.4
  • External links 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5


Freedom House (FH) Freedom of the Press report:[1] 10 is most free, 99 is least free
10 to 30 Free
31 to 60 Partly free
61 to 99 Not free
Not rated

Reporters Without Borders (RWB) Press freedom index:[2] 6 is most free, 85 is least free
  6.00 to 12.99 Good situation
13.00 to 24.99 Satisfactory situation
25.00 to 36.49 Noticeable problems
 36.50 to 55.29 Difficult situation
 55.30 to 84.99 Very serious situation
Not rated
OpenNet Initiative (ONI) classifications:[3][4]
ne No evidence of filtering
sus Filtering suspected, but unconfirmed
sel Selective filtering observed
sub Substantial filtering observed
per Pervasive filtering observed
nd No data (does not indicate no censorship or no filtering)
Not classified
More information links:
c Link to Censorship in country article
i Link to Internet censorship in country article
p Link to Freedom of the press or Freedom of speech in country article
h Link to Human rights in country article


RWB Press



 Afghanistan Asia 74 37.36 ne ne ne ne i h

 Albania Europe 51 30.88 i h

 Algeria Africa 62 36.54 ne ne ne ne c i h

 Andorra Europe 13 6.82 h

 Angola Africa 67 37.8 i h

 Antigua and Barbuda NAmerica 38 See OECS

 Argentina SAmerica 50 25.67 i h

 Armenia Eurasia 65 28.04 sub sel sel sel i h

 Australia Oceania 21 15.24 ne ne ne ne c i p h

 Austria Europe 21 9.4 i h

 Azerbaijan Eurasia 80 47.73 sel sel ne ne i h

 Bahamas NAmerica 20 i 

 Bahrain Asia 84 62.75 per per sel sub i h

 Bangladesh Asia 52 42.01 ne ne ne ne c i h

 Barbados NAmerica 19

 Belarus Europe 93 48.35 sel sel sel sel c i h

 Belgium Europe 11 12.94 i h

 Belize NAmerica 21 i 

 Benin Africa 34 28.33 h

 Bhutan Asia 58 28.42 c i h

 Bolivia SAmerica 47 32.8 i h

 Bosnia and Herzegovina Europe 48 26.86 i 

 Botswana Africa 40 22.91 i h

 Brazil SAmerica 44 32.75 i h

 Brunei Asia 75 35.45

 Bulgaria Europe 36 28.58 i h

 Burkina Faso Africa 42 23.7 i h

 Burma Asia 85 44.71 sel sub ne sel c i h Also known as Myanmar. Beginning in September 2012 the government began to relax its censorship policies.[5]

 Burundi Africa 72 38.02 i h

 Cambodia Asia 63 41.81 i h

 Cameroon Africa 68 34.78 i h

 Canada NAmerica 19 12.69 ne ne ne ne c i p h

 Cape Verde Africa 27 14.33 h

 Central African Republic Africa 62 26.61 i h

 Chad Africa 75 34.87 i h

 Chile SAmerica 31 26.24 i h

 China Asia 85 73.07 per sub per sub c i p h

 Colombia SAmerica 55 37.48 ne sel ne ne i h

 Comoros Africa 48 24.52 h

 Congo, Democratic Republic of the Africa 83 41.66 i h

 Congo, Republic of the Africa 55 28.2 i h

 Costa Rica NAmerica 19 12.08 i 

 Côte d'Ivoire Africa 70 29.77 i  also known as the Ivory Coast

 Croatia Europe 40 26.61 ne ne ne ne i h

 Cuba NAmerica 91 71.64 nd nd nd nd c i p h

 Cyprus Europe 22 13.83 i h see also Northern Cyprus

 Czech Republic Europe 19 10.17 i 

 Denmark Europe 12 7.08 ne ne ne ne c i p 

 Djibouti Africa 74 67.4

 Dominica NAmerica 23 See OECS

 Dominican Republic NAmerica 41 28.34 i 

 East Timor Asia 35 28.72 i  also known as Timor-Leste

 Ecuador SAmerica 58 34.69 i 

 Egypt Africa 57 48.66 ne ne ne ne i h

 El Salvador NAmerica 40 22.86 i h

 Equatorial Guinea Africa 91 67.2 i h

 Eritrea Africa 94 84.83 i h

 Estonia Europe 18 9.26 i h

 Ethiopia Africa 81 39.57 per ne sel sel i h

 Fiji Oceania 58 32.69 i 

 Finland Europe 10 6.38 ne ne ne ne c i h

 France Europe 24 21.6 ne ne ne ne c i p h

 Gabon Africa 70 28.69 i 

 Gambia Africa 81 45.09 i 

 Georgia Eurasia 52 30.09 sel ne sel ne h

 Germany Europe 17 10.24 ne ne ne ne c i p h

 Ghana Africa 28 17.27 i h

 Greece Europe 30 28.46 i h

 Greenland NAmerica i  See Internet censorship in Denmark

 Grenada NAmerica 24 See OECS

 Guatemala NAmerica 60 29.39 ne ne ne ne i 

 Guinea Africa 62 28.49 i 

 Guinea-Bissau Africa 57 28.94 i 

 Guyana SAmerica 33 27.08 i 

 Haiti NAmerica 50 24.09 i h

 Honduras NAmerica 62 36.92 i h

 Hong Kong Asia 33 26.16 c i h part of China, but largely self-governing, with its own censorship policies.

 Hungary Europe 36 26.09 ne ne ne ne i 

 Iceland Europe 14 8.49 i h

 India Asia 37 41.22 sel sel sel sel c i p h

 Indonesia Asia 49 41.05 sel sub ne sel i p h

 Iran Asia 92 73.4 per per sub per c i p h

 Iraq Asia 69 44.67 ne ne ne ne c i h

 Ireland Europe 16 10.06 c i p 

 Israel Asia 30 32.97 ne ne ne ne c h

 Italy Europe 33 26.11 ne sel ne ne c i p 

 Jamaica NAmerica 18 9.88 i 

 Japan Asia 22 25.17 c i h

 Jordan Asia 63 38.47 sel ne ne ne i h

 Kazakhstan Eurasia 81 55.08 sel sel ne ne i h

 Kenya Africa 52 27.8 i h

 Kiribati Oceania 27

 Kosovo Europe 49 28.47

 Kuwait Asia 57 28.28 sel per sel per i h

 Kyrgyzstan Asia 69 32.2 sel sel ne ne i h

 Laos Asia 84 67.99 ne ne ne ne i h

 Latvia Europe 27 22.89 ne ne ne ne i h

 Lebanon Asia 51 30.15 ne ne ne ne i h

 Lesotho Africa 49 28.36 i 

 Liberia Africa 60 29.89 i h

 Libya Africa 60 37.86 sel ne ne ne i p h

 Liechtenstein Europe 14 7.35 h

 Lithuania Europe 23 18.24 i 

 Luxembourg Europe 12 6.68

 Macedonia Europe 54 34.27 i h

 Madagascar Africa 63 28.62 i h

 Malawi Africa 60 28.18 i h

 Malaysia Asia 63 42.73 ne ne ne ne c i p h

 Maldives Asia 51 31.1 c 

 Mali Africa 24 30.03 i h

 Malta Europe 22 23.3

 Marshall Islands Oceania 17

 Mauritania Africa 52 26.76 sel ne ne ne i h

 Mauritius Africa 29 26.47

 Mexico NAmerica 62 45.3 ne ne ne ne i h

 Micronesia Oceania 21

 Moldova Europe 54 26.01 sel ne ne ne i h

 Monaco Europe 16

 Mongolia Asia 37 29.93 i h

 Montenegro Europe 35 32.97 i 

 Morocco Africa 68 39.04 ne sel sel sel i h

 Mozambique Africa 43 28.01 i 

 Myanmar Asia 85 44.71 sel sub ne sel c i h Also known as Burma. Beginning in September 2012 the government began to relax its censorship policies.[5]

 Namibia Africa 32 12.5 i 

 Nauru Oceania 28 h

   Nepal Asia 55 34.61 ne ne ne ne i h

 Netherlands Europe 12 6.48 i h

 New Zealand Oceania 17 8.38 c i h

 Nicaragua NAmerica 49 28.31 i 

 Niger Africa 49 23.08 i h

 Nigeria Africa 50 34.11 ne ne ne ne i h

 North Korea Asia 97 83.9 nd nd nd nd c i h

 Northern Cyprus Europe 29.34 i h see also Cyprus

 Norway Europe 10 6.52 ne ne ne ne i p 

 Oman Asia 71 41.51 sel per ne sub i h

Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States NAmerica 19.72

 Pakistan Asia 63 51.31 sel sel sub sel c i p h

 Palau Oceania 16

 Palestinian territories Asia 83 43.09 ne sub ne ne i h Gaza and the West Bank

 Panama NAmerica 46 32.95 i 

 Papua New Guinea Oceania 27 22.97 i 

 Paraguay SAmerica 60 28.78 i h Situation changing following June 2012 parliamentary coup

 Peru SAmerica 44 31.87 ne ne ne ne i h

 Philippines Asia 42 43.11 ne ne ne ne h

 Poland Europe 25 13.11 c i h

 Portugal Europe 17 16.75 c i 

 Puerto Rico NAmerica i  See Internet censorship in the United States

 Qatar Asia 67 32.86 sel per sel per i h

 Romania Europe 41 23.05 ne ne ne ne c i h

 Russia Eurasia 80 43.42 sel sel ne ne c i p h See also Censorship in the Soviet Union

 Rwanda Africa 82 55.46 i h

 Saint Kitts and Nevis NAmerica 20 See OECS

 Saint Lucia NAmerica 15 See OECS

 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines NAmerica 17 See OECS

 Samoa Oceania 29 23.84 c 

 San Marino Europe 17

 São Tomé and Príncipe Africa 29 h

 Saudi Arabia Asia 84 56.88 sub per sel per c i p h

 Senegal Africa 55 26.19 i 

 Serbia Europe 35 26.59 i h

 Seychelles Africa 56 29.19

 Sierra Leone Africa 49 26.35 i h

 Singapore Asia 67 43.43 ne sel ne ne c i h

 Slovakia Europe 21 13.25 i h

 Slovenia Europe 25 20.49 i 

 Solomon Islands Oceania 28

 Somalia Africa 84 73.59 c i h

 South Africa Africa 34 24.56 i h

 South Korea Asia 32 24.48 ne sel per ne c i p h

 South Sudan Africa 59 36.2

 Spain Europe 24 20.5 i h

 Sri Lanka Asia 72 56.59 ne ne ne ne c h

 Sudan Africa 78 70.06 sel sub ne sub i p h

 Suriname SAmerica 23 18.19 i 

 Swaziland Africa 76 46.76 i h

 Sweden Europe 10 9.23 ne ne ne ne c i p 

  Switzerland Europe 12 9.94 i h

 Syria Asia 89 78.53 per sel sel per i h

 Taiwan Asia 25 23.82 c i h Republic of China

 Tajikistan Asia 79 35.71 sel ne ne ne i h

 Tanzania Africa 49 27.34 i 

 Thailand Asia 60 38.6 sel sel ne sel c i h

 Timor-Leste Asia 35 28.72 also known as East Timor

 Togo Africa 69 28.45 i h

 Tonga Oceania 29 26.7

 Trinidad and Tobago NAmerica 25 23.12 i 

 Tunisia Africa 51 39.93 ne ne ne ne c i 

 Turkey Eurasia 55 46.56 sel sel ne sel c i h

 Turkmenistan Asia 96 79.14 per sel sel sel i h

 Tuvalu Oceania 26

 Uganda Africa 57 31.69 ne ne ne ne i h

 Ukraine Europe 59 36.79 ne ne ne ne i p h

 United Arab Emirates Asia 72 33.49 sub per sel per i h

 United Kingdom Europe 21 16.89 ne ne ne ne c i p h

 United States NAmerica 18 18.22 ne ne ne ne c i p h

 Uruguay SAmerica 26 15.92 i 

 Uzbekistan Asia 95 60.39 per sel sel sel i h

 Vanuatu Oceania 26

 Venezuela SAmerica 76 34.44 ne ne ne ne c i h

 Vietnam Asia 84 71.78 per sel sel sub i h

 Western Sahara Africa i h A territory disputed between Morocco and the Polisario Front. See also: Morocco entry in this table.

 Yemen Asia 83 69.22 sub per sel sub i h

 Zambia Africa 60 27.93 i h

 Zimbabwe Africa 80 38.12 ne ne ne ne i h


Freedom of the Press Report

2013 Freedom of the Press Classifications[6]

Press Freedom Index

2014 Press Freedom Index[2]

Internet censorship

Internet censorship by country[3][4]

YouTube blocking

YouTube blocking by country

External links


See also


  1. ^ a b "2012 Freedom of the Press Data", Freedom House, 1 May 2012
  2. ^ a b c "Press Freedom Index 2013", Reporters Without Borders, 30 January 2013
  3. ^ a b c d e f OpenNet Initiative "Summarized global Internet filtering data spreadsheet", 29 October 2012 and "Country Profiles", the OpenNet Initiative is a collaborative partnership of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto; the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University; and the SecDev Group, Ottawa
  4. ^ a b c Due to legal concerns the OpenNet Initiative does not check for filtering of child pornography and because their classifications focus on technical filtering, they do not include other types of censorship.
  5. ^ a b "Update on information controls in Burma", Irene Poetranto, OpenNet Initiative, 23 October 2012
  6. ^ "Freedom of the Press 2013".  

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