London, Nov. 07 – The international media watchdog Reporters Without Borders
(RSF) in its annual report ranked Iran
as the worst violator of press freedoms in the Middle
RSF ranked Iran
at 162 out of 168 countries in its 2006 annual Press Freedom Index.
The top media watchdog said that Iran had “no independent media,
only organs that spout government propaganda”.
“Self-censorship remains the best protection for journalists. Foreign
journalists can only rarely get entry visas”, it said.
“The rulers of [Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia] keep a tight grip
on the news and have set many red lines journalists must not cross”, the
The international press freedoms group frequently criticises media censorship
and violation of journalists’ rights in Iran.