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Online press freedom eroding: Watchdog

Published on Feb 7, 2014 6:28 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - United States (US) mass surveillance, restrictive legislation and a wave of global cyberattacks drastically restricted online press freedom during 2013, a New York-based media watchdog warned on Thursday.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has for the first time included cyberspace on its list of countries because of what it called "the profound erosion of freedom in the Internet".

"Violence and repression continue to be the greatest threat to journalists worldwide, but online censorship and massive state surveillance are also disrupting the global flow of information," said CPJ executive director Joel Simon.

The Internet is a vital platform for journalists around the world to carry out their reporting and publish their stories.

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