We all know that being a journalist had never been a safe job, especially if you have to work in conflict zones. But there are some countries where is it not safe to work as a journalist whether there is a massive armed conflict going on in the country or not. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an American non-profit organization, has published its annual report on the worst jailers of journalists worldwide. PoliticReviews will tell you about the most significant parts of the report.
The TOP-3 worst jailers of journalists in 2015
The list of the three countries with the highest number of imprisoned journalists has changed comparing to the previous year. In 2014, the TOP-3 worst jailers of journalists were China, Iran, and Eritrea. This year, we still have China and Iran on the list, although this time Iran holds the third position instead of the second. At the second place, we have Egypt―a country that has now almost twice as many journalists in jail as it was last year.
According to the CPJ annual report, as of Dec. 1, there are 199 journalists across the globe who were put in prison because of their work. Let us take a closer look at the three countries where it is too dangerous to work as a journalist.
China holds the first place among the most unsafe countries for journalists for the second year in a row. This year, almost a quarter of all the imprisoned press workers and bloggers remain kept in Chinese prisons. Among those 49 people, 20 are freelance writers and photographers.
Most of the prisoners were arrested in 2013.