Newsletter No 30 22 June 2006
Press Freedom:
First Press Freedom Report from the Federation of Arab Journalists

Self-censorship among editors in chief is bigger than censorship practiced by security bodies or governmental institutions, says the 2005 Press Freedom Report issued by the Federation of Arab Journalists on 3 June in Cairo.

The report is the first of an annual series to be published by the federation after it announced the creation of a press freedom watchdog last February (see

Among other conclusions, the report says Arab newspapers and journalists face several obstacles such as lack of access to sources and information from governments, limitations on the practice of journalism, pressure to reveal sources and censorship. This is mainly practiced by editors themselves, security bodies being the second biggest censors, followed by other governmental organs, the report says.

The Federation found Iraq to be the country where press freedom is most often violated, followed by Yemen and Algeria. In comparison, Kuwait, Egypt and Jordan are the countries enjoying the best press freedom situation, according to the report.

The report also points out that more than 28,000 journalists work in the Arab countries, 25,000 of them for 2674 newspapers or periodical publications.

To read the report, go to (in Arabic)