Posted by: bahareiran | December 14, 2010

Number of Journalists in Jail Worldwide Is Highest Since 1996, Group Says

The number of journalists imprisoned worldwide reached 145 this year, the highest figure since 1996, the Committee to Protect Journalists reported yesterday. The group said in a report published on its website that the number of journalists jailed in 2010 rose by nine compared with 2009.

Iran and China each detained 34 journalists, accounting for nearly half the total, according to the New York- based organization, which advocates for imprisoned and threatened journalists. The crackdown on journalists in Iran went beyond the post- election arrests in 2009, the report said, and showed a “sustained assault on critical voices that continues to this day.” (Bloomberg – Dec. 9, 2010)

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