December 11th, 2012
04:11 AM ET

Group: Number of jailed journalists worldwide reaches record high

The number of journalists jailed around the world reached a record high in 2012, with Turkey the worst offender, the New-York based Committee to Protect Journalists said in a report Tuesday.

As of December 1, 232 reporters, photographers and editors were in prisons in 27 countries, jailed on charges of "terrorism" and crimes against the state intended to "silence critical voices," the group said.

The figure is the highest since the organization began record-keeping in 1990. Until now, the record was 185 set in 1996.

The top five jailers are:

Turkey: 49

Iran: 45

China: 32

Eritrea: 28

Syria: 15

The full report can be found here.

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  1. God

    I do not know them.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. XxMacleodxX

    need a lot of them jailed here for fraudulently claiming to be journalists when all they do is right opinion pieces and heavily slanted garbage......maybe China is right on this one?

    December 11, 2012 at 5:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Hide Behindp

    While we in US don't shoot or jail our journalist, arab chinese and a few others are fair game if they are near any US targets, we just don' t hire them or give them any outlets for their stories.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. arosel

    Take Navarette, please.

    December 11, 2012 at 6:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. CaptO

    Wow, I actually don't have a problem with this. I hate libs and the majority of journalists are libs. Lock 'em up and throw away the key!

    December 11, 2012 at 7:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • s kel

      This liberal sends hate right back to your consertive undereducated rectum!

      December 11, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. John in WNY

    The real issue is that journalists aren't above the law, even if the law is unjust. How many normal people are jailed in many of those same countries for the same reasons, or are they unimportant because they aren't journalists?

    December 11, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gator Mann

      A lot of non journalist decenters are either jailed or killed in China.

      December 11, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. fomega64

    Where's the US number? The US has the most bullying, lying news media in the world. China's news media is a better government watchdog than the US's!

    December 11, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. 4F

    Journalists jailed, kinda like a 100 lawyers at the bottom of a pool, it's a good start!

    December 11, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse | Reply

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