December 18, 2013
There were 211 journalists in the world’s prisons at the beginning of this month, meaning that 2013 had the second highest total since the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) began its annual census 17 years ago. It is close to the record high of 232 the previous year.
According to a special report by Elana Beiser, CPJ’s editorial director, Turkey was the world’s leading jailer of journalists for the second year running, followed closely by Iran and China.
In fact, those three countries accounted for more than half of all the imprisoned journalists. Beiser writes: “Intolerant governments in Ankara, Tehran and Beijing used mostly anti-state charges to silence a combined 107 critical reporters, bloggers, and editors.”