Journalists arrested around the world, hit record high

According to, the number of journalists imprisoned around the world has hit a high, as governments repress media to control the flow of information.

The aim of these governments is to “obscure wrongdoing, silence dissent and reduce citizens’ power,” according to a survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

According to CPJ, 179 journalists, editors and photographers were behind bars on Dec. 1, 2012.

Iran had 42 journalists jailed, making them the country with the most journalists jailed in 2011. Eritea followed with 28 journalists, China with 27 journalists and Burma with 12 journalists.

While journalists have been jailed internationally, we cannot forget to look at the similar trend occurring at home. Over the past year, especially since the Occupy Movement has taken off, many journalists have been jailed or falsely imprisoned, even though they were credentialed journalists.

According to Josh Stearns on, 64 journalists, including freelance journalists, photographers and citizen journalists, have been jailed since Occupy Wall Street began in September.

The moral of the story: journalists around the world have been arrested for trying to report and expose the truth.

These journalists have every right to disseminate information. Governments just need to realize this.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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One Response to Journalists arrested around the world, hit record high

  1. Pingback: 104 Journalists and 30 Distributors in Prison in Turkey- BIA Media Monitoring Report 2011 « kracktivist

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