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Reporters Without Borders Names 40 "Predators" of Press Freedom


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The media group Reporters Without Borders has named the presidents of China, Cuba and Iran as among the 40 worst "predators of press freedom."

The list was released Monday to mark World Press Freedom Day. Other leaders named were Russia's Vladimir Putin, North Korea's Kim Jong-il and Burma's Than Shwe.

The group says those on the list are "powerful, dangerous, violent and above the law." Also included are the head of the Taliban, Mexican drug cartels, the Israeli Defense Forces, the Basque separatist group ETA, the Palestinian militant group Hamas and Philippine private militias.

The report takes Iraqi Islamist groups off this year's list, saying that while the violence is continuing in Iraq, journalists are no longer targeted.

Reporters Without Borders says nine journalists have been killed this year and nearly 300 are in prisons around the world.

Amir Khasru, VOA correspondent from Bangladesh has more on the situation in Bangladesh.

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