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Lions, tigers, and bloggers! Oh, my!

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(Read caption) Pakistani journalists rally on World Press Freedom Day, Sunday, May 3 in Islamabad. Fifteen journalists have been killed in the line of duty in Pakistan in the past 12 months.

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Bloggers scare governments.

In a world of celebrity tweets, a billion IPhone apps, and a million-plus Facebook friends, it’s easy to forget how much technology that gives ordinary people a voice can frighten those in power.

Take Turkmenistan. In 2007, it jumped headlong into the digital age with its first Internet cafes – and posted armed soldiers outside.

Turkmenistan landed on the list of the "10 Worst Countries to be a Blogger" issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists. The CPJ issued its report to mark World Press Freedom Day (today, May 3).

This list isn’t full of surprises. Burma (Myanmar), Cuba, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran, China, Vietnam, and Tunisia. Most nations are governed by leaders afraid of democracy and the ideas their own people might be exposed to if they have too much contact with the world or each other.


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