Number Of Journalists In Turkish Jails Reaches Record High


December 11, 2012 – 17:17 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Turkey has more journalists in jail than any other
country, followed by Iran and China, the U.S.-based Committee to
Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Tuesday, Dec 11.

The number of journalists in prison reached a record high this year,
as critical reporters and editors were charged with “terrorism”
and other crimes against the state, the New York-based group said,
according to Hurriyet Daily News.

“We are living in an age when anti-state charges and ‘terrorist’ labels
have become the preferred means that governments use to intimidate,
detain, and imprison journalists,” CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon
said in a statement.

“Criminalizing probing coverage of inconvenient topics violates not
only international law, but impedes the right of people around the
world to gather, disseminate, and receive independent information.”

Turkey had jailed at least 49 journalists as of December 1, including
dozens of Kurdish reporters held on terrorism-related charges and other
journalists accused of plotting against the government, the group said.

Iran had jailed at least 45 journalists by the start of this month,
followed by China with 32, the report said.

In all, the group identified 232 writers, editors and photojournalists
imprisoned as of December 1, a “snapshot” that does not include many
journalists imprisoned and released over the course of the year,
it said.

The total marked an increase of 53 from the same day in 2011 and the
highest since the organization began its survey in 1990.

The previous record of 185 journalists imprisoned worldwide was set
in 1996.

Rounding out the top five jailers of journalists were Eritrea, with
28 reporters behind bars, and Syria, with 15.

They were followed by Vietnam (14), Azerbaijan (9), Ethiopia (6),
Saudi Arabia (4) and Uzbekistan (4). The group identified a total of
27 countries as imprisoning journalists.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Emil Lazarian

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