China Jails the Most Journalists

china-flag.jpgMemo to all reporters — might want to bypass that assignment in China. According to a new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), China imprisoned 44 journalists this year, giving it the unfortunate honor of being the worst jailer of the press in the entire world.

Overall, there were 220 reporters in jail during 2014, up from 211 last year. China led the way, but Iran wasn’t far behind, with 30 journalists imprisoned.

“China’s use of anti-state charges and Iran’s revolving door policy in imprisoning reporters, bloggers, editors, and photographers earned the two countries the dubious distinction of being the world’s worst and second worst jailers of journalists, respectively,” explained the CPJ report. “Together, China and Iran are holding a third of journalists jailed globally—despite speculation that new leaders who took the reins in each country in 2013 might implement liberal reforms.”

The rest of the top 10 includes Eritrea, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Syria, Egypt, Burma, Azerbaijan, and Turkey.

Other highlights (or really, lowlights) from the CPJ report are below.

  • 20 percent of jailed reporters were never informed of their charges.
  • 119 of the reporters that were imprisoned were from online media entities. Eighty-three worked in print, 15 in radio, and 14 in television.
  • 60 percent of imprisoned journalists were charged with “anti-state” charges, like terrorism­.