Iran makes list as one of most censored nations

AUSTRALIA'S new partner in intelligence sharing, Iran, was listed as the seventh most censored country in the world on Wednesday.

The global Committee to Protect Journalists' list measures countries on how repressive their laws, censorship and jail terms are for reporters.

Just days after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop reached the "informal" intelligence sharing deal with Tehran, Iran made the seventh spot on the list.

The top five most censored countries were Eritrea, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and Azerbaijan.

While federal Labor has not opposed the arrangement with Iran, Opposition leader Bill Shorten said it was important not to be naive about the nation's human rights record.

Andrew Wilkie, the only federal MP with intelligence experience, has hit out at the deal, saying Iran was one of the worst countries to share such information with.


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