Redoubled efforts by China, Turkey, and Iran to censor political dissent has resulted in the number of imprisoned journalists around the world reaching a record high, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
“In its annual census of imprisoned journalists, CPJ identified 232 individuals behind bars on December 1, an increase of 53 over its 2011 tally,” the organization reported today. “Worldwide, anti-state charges such as terrorism, treason, and subversion were the most common allegations brought against journalists in 2012. At least 132 journalists were being held around the world on such charges, CPJ’s census found.” That figure is the highest since CPJ started doing the census in 1990. The previous record was 186 imprisoned journalists in 1996.
Juan Williams might distinguish between reporters and writers who are just bloggers, but totalitarian regimes don’t.
“Worldwide, 118 journalists whose work appeared primarily online were in jail on December 1, constituting a little more than half of the census,” CPJ says. “The proportion is consistent with those seen in CPJ’s previous three surveys, which had followed several years of significant increases in the numbers of imprisoned online journalists.”
You see the breakdown of which governments imprison the most journalists here.