Suppressing Freedom of the Press, Part 1


In early December, the Committee to Protect Journalists released its annual listing of journalists jailed for political reasons over the past year.

Here are the totals by nation:

Azerbaijan: 5

Bahrain: 7

Bangladesh: 2

Cameroon: 1

China: 38

Cuba: 2

Egypt: 25

Eritrea: 17

Ethiopia: 16

Gambia: 3

India: 1

Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories: 7

Iran: 8

Kazakhstan: 3

Kyrgyzstan: 1

Mauritania: 1

Montenegro: 1

Myanmar: 2

Nigeria: 2

Panama: 1

Russia: 2

Saudi Arabia: 6

Singapore: 2

Syria: 7

Thailand: 1

Tunisia: 1

Turkey: 81

Turkmenistan: 1

Uzbekistan: 5

Venezuela: 1

Vietnam: 8

Zambia: 1


If you wish to read more about the individual journalists who have been jailed, reports on their cases are available at:



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