Niall  McCarthy

Niall McCarthy

By the end of 2014, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) had identified 221 journalists in prison across the world, the second highest number since the organization started recording these figures in 1990.

China and Iran were the worst offenders, holding a third of all journalists jailed globally. In 2013, China imprisoned 32 journalists for their work and this increased to 44 by December 2014. Beijing has imposed strict rules on what can be covered by reporters and has denied visas to international journalists. According to the CPJ, almost half of those jailed are Tibetan or Uyghur.

Iran is the second worst offender worldwide. 30 journalists are currently being held in Iranian prisons, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian. Eritrea comes third overall with 23 imprisoned journalists while Ethiopia and Vietnam round off the top five with 17 and 16 respectively.

Infographic: China Has The Most Jailed Journalists Worldwide | Statista

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Thanks to Statista for another great infographic.


Maralyn D. Hill

Maralyn D. Hill

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