Journalist jailed

In World News on December 16, 2011 at 7:58 pm

By: Sasha Jimenez

The number of journalists in jail around the world has reached an all-time high this year. Photo courtesy of Google images

                Everyone has the right to know the truth of issues going on in the world. Journalism is the investigation and reporting of events, issues, and trends. It’s what gives the people insight on what is really happening behind closed doors. However, this practice isn’t allowed in certain countries, which tend to be the most corrupt. If caught reporting any information that is confidential, the journalist is arrested and could serve time in jail.

            The number of journalists jailed has reached an all-time high this year, increasing more than 20 percent. Studies from the Committee to Protect Journalists found that 179 writers, editors and photojournalists were in jail on December 1, up from 145 in 2010. This nonprofit organization also states that not one journalist was jailed in theAmericasfor work-related activities on December 1.

           Iranwas the highest reported country with 42 journalist jailed, followed byEritreawith 28,Chinawith 27,Burmawith 12 andVietnamwith nine. The Committee believes this increase is due to the fact of government crackdowns in the Middle East andAfrica. “Independent journalists, who often lack the institutional support necessary to resist legal pressures or defend themselves in court, are bearing the brunt of this unprecedented rise in the incarceration of journalists,” Joel Simon, the CPJ executive director, said.

            The percentage of journalists in jail is 45 out of all the journalists in the world, and it is only expected to increase over the years. Journalism is a highly interesting career to pursue, but is also very dangerous. The Committee to Protect Journalists promotes the freedom of press and will do all they can to save these journalists from detention and ensure their rights.


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