In 2011 (As of Dec 1), the number of journalists imprisoned around the world- primarily in the Middle East and Northern Africa- have hit record high numbers, according the Committee to Protect Journalists. These numbers have not been seen since 1996. The reasons behind the large number of imprisoned journalists (179 writers, editors and photojournalists) is primarily due to the unrest in the Middle East and Northern Africa. However, that is no excuse. It is at times of unrest and political change that journalists have a duty and obligation more than ever to write and discover the truth. However, these journalists are being arrested, sometimes without charge, for doing their duty and exposing what is truly going on in these regions. With the constant fear of arrest, journalists do not want to write about sensitive topics, which means they are not doing their job to the best of their ability.
This is appalling to me. Thankfully we have organizations like the Committee to Protect Journalists to help expose this wrongdoing and hopefully eradicate it.