In 2011, there were 20% more journalists jailed than the prior year.  A total of 179 writers, editors and photojournalists were jailed on December 1. An increase from 145 in 2010, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said.

The countries that were the biggest offenders were:  Iran, Eritrea, and ChinaMyanmar, Vietnam, Turkey and Syria.

CPJ said the global total is the highest it has been since 1996, when the group counted 185 jailed journalists after Turkey cracked down on ethnic Kurdish reporters.

Additional CPJ Stats:

  • Arrested Since 1992:          892
  • 2011 Imprisoned TTL:       179
  • 2011 Death TTL:                 45

LINK:  Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

• Azerbaijan: 1
• Bahrain: 1
• Burma: 12
• Burundi: 1
• China: 27
• Egypt: 2
• Eritrea: 28
• Ethiopia: 7
• Gambia: 1
• India: 2
• Iran: 42
• Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory: 7
Ivory Coast: 4
• Kazakhstan: 1
• Kyrgyzstan: 1
• Libya: 1
• Morocco: 2
• Rwanda: 2
• Sudan: 4
• Syria: 8
• Thailand: 1
• Turkey: 8
• Uzbekistan: 5
• Vietnam: 9
• Yemen: 2

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