New CPJ Report: 199 Journalists Are Imprisoned Worldwide


Take a look at the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Twitter feed this morning, and what you’ll see is a scroll of names–one per tweet, grouped by country–of imprisoned journalists.

It gives a visual, visceral punch to the contents of a new census released today by CPJ, detailing the names, stories and origins of journalists jailed as of Dec. 1, 2015. That the count, 199, is slightly down from the previous three years gives little relief; it is still higher than any year from 2000-2011.

One bright spot: no one in our hemisphere is currently in jail for committing acts of journalism, something CPJ’s Alexandra Ellerbeck credits, partially, to Cuba dropping its “policy of lengthy incarcerations of independent journalists and bloggers,” as well as the easing or repeal of criminal defamation laws in many countries in the Americas.

The worst offenders this year are China–taking the top spot again–with Egypt following in second. Worldwide, more digital journalists are in jail than print journalists.

To end things with a bit of positive news, take a look at CPJ’s slideshow of journalists released from imprisonment this year.