The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released their 2011 Imprisoned List today, and the numbers are startling - 179 journalists in prison on December 1st. This is an increase of almost 20% from last year, and the highest tally since the all time high was set at 185 in 1996. The number one jailer of journalists is Iran, with 42 imprisoned, followed by Ethiopia (28), China (27), and Burma (12).
The report is not all bad news however, for the first time in the Committee’s 21 year history of compiling the report there are no jailed journalists in the Americas. Yet this good news is tainted by the fact that there has been a spate of short term detention of Journalists in the US surrounding the Occupy Wall Street protests, and a sharp increase in the killing of Journalists in Mexico and Latin America. The CPJ will be releasing its Killed Journalists List later this month.
Read the full report, including the details of the individual detained journos at the CPJ’s website.