China and Iran hold half of the world’s jailed journalists

National Endowment for Democracy LogoDemocracy Digest from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED): With 145 reporters, editors, and photojournalists behind bars on December 1 st , the number of journalists imprisoned worldwide reached its highest level since 1996, according to a new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists. Much of the increase is attributable to China’s jailing of ethnic minority reporters and Iran’s crackdown on dissident voices since last year’s Green Movement upsurge. “With 34 imprisoned journalists apiece, China and Iran are responsible for nearly half of the worldwide total,” the CPJ notes

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China and Iran hold half of the world’s jailed journalists

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