According to Globalissues.org, 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 Storify.com, 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.