A report released by the Committee to Protect Journalists studied more than 100 countries and found that 145 journalists, editors, and photojournalists were behind bars worldwide at the end of last year, while a further 44 had been killed on the job. Nearly half of those jailed were in Iran and China, with 34 jailed reporters each.
Bloggers account for nearly half of all those in jail. Pakistan is singled out as the most dangerous country for a reporter to work. Iraq, previously the most dangerous country for reporters in 2004 and 2005 when dozens were killed, has seen an improvement. Five reporters were killed in Iraq last year, the lowest number since the conflict began. The CPJ also noted improvement in Cuba, which released 17 jailed reporters in 2010.
Despite positive trends in some places, the jailing of media professionals is in on the increase in many regions. The report says that 90 percent of journalist murders will go unsolved, and among the murder victims, more than 60 percent had received threats in the week before they died.
CPJ director Joel Simon, speaking at a news conference at the United Nations, singled out U.N. Director Ban Ki-moon for criticism as well as other groups like the Organization of American States, the African Union, and the international community for a lack of protection for the freedom of the press. The yearly CPJ survey, which provides in-depth reports of jailed, missing and murdered journalists across the world, says reporters continue to face threats, imprisonment, intimidation and killings, with autocratic regimes often involved in the attempts to silence media.
Title: Jailed Reporters at 14-Year High, CPJ Says
Author: Andrea Lunt Feb 15, 2011
Source: Inter Press Service
Title: Media Rights Group: 44 Journalists Killed in 2010
Author: Margaret Besheer United Nations Feb 15, 2011
Source: Voice of America
Student Researcher: Amy Ortiz, Sonoma State University
Faculty Evaluator: Professor Jim Preston, Sonoma State University