Online Journalists Now The Most Jailed

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More online journalists are in prison globally than any other reporters working in any other medium, according to a new survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Online Journalists Now The Most Jailed

The survey found that 45 percent of all media workers imprisoned globally are bloggers, online reporters, or online editors. The CPJ says for the first time online journalists account for the largest professional category that is jailed.

As of December 1 there are 125 journalists behind bars, a decrease of two from 2007. China tops the list as the worst offender, a position it has held for the last 10 years. Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan round out the top five from among the 29 nations that imprison journalists.

There are at least 56 online journalists jailed globally. The number of online journalists jailed has steadily risen since the CPJ recorded the first imprisoned Internet writer in 1997.

"Online journalism has changed the media landscape and the way we communicate with each other," said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. "But the power and influence of this new generation of online journalists has captured the attention of repressive governments around the world, and they have accelerated their counterattack."

Online Journalists Now The Most Jailed

Most of the online journalists that are jailed are freelancers with no legal resources or political connection that could help them get out of prison.

"The image of the solitary blogger working at home in pajamas may be appealing, but when the knock comes on the door they are alone and vulnerable," said CPJ’s Simon.


Online Journalists Now The Most Jailed
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  • http://www.dogarthritiscare.com/deramaxx.php deramaxx

    Well being jailed for writing something you passionate about sounds fine to me.It’s just in certain countries,Freedom of expression is always denied so people resort to online Freelancing which isn’t actually safe as Governments can get the private details pretty easily..So beware when you’re writing something online nowadays!!

  • Guest

    Your little article is somewhat informative but you lack the reasons why they are jailed. Why are the numbers increasing and what is the number one reason for imprisonment? Is it because the are in other countries or in the US? Give a little more informative information as to the reasons because you leave a lot of questions unanswered.

  • http://www.militantlibertarian.org Aaron

    Shoot back.

    • jackie

      You didn’t say WHY these bloggers are jailed? Are they jailed because they wrote the TRUTH? Or were they already in jail and they just took up blogging?

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