The group added Bahrain to its enemies list, citing a news blackout and harassment of bloggers in an attempt to quell a yearlong Shiite-led rebellion against the Sunni monarchy.
The country had previously been under surveillance.
"Bahrain offers a perfect example of successful crackdowns, with an information blackout achieved through an impressive arsenal of repressive measures: exclusion of the foreign media, harassment of human rights defenders, arrests of bloggers and netizens (one of whom died behind bars), prosecutions and defamation campaigns against free expression activists, disruption of communications," the Paris-based group's report said.
Image: An undated image of Union Minister for Human Resource Development and Communications, Kapil Sibal. Sibal was earlier in the news for reportedly demanding internet companies, including Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo, to remove deragatory content from the web. Reports said that Sibal wanted social media sites to proactively look for and delete “objectionable content” but the minister later did a U-turn and began to deny that he had ever asked for pre-screening of content. (Photo credit: AP)