Friday, February 15, 2013

2012 Hazardous Year for Journos

Hafez al-Assad. Taken sometime before April 1987.
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The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released its annual Attacks on the Press report this week, which recorded the highest number of journalists jailed last year since CPJ began tracking such data in 1990.

As reported by the Huffington Post, the CPJ survey revealed 232 journalists incarcerated last year. Another 70 journalists were killed in the line of duty, a 43 percent increase over 2011 figures. Twenty-eight journalists, alone, were killed in Syria last year.

 The CPJ also compiled a 10-nation "Risk List" that cited countries in which reporters were at risk of losing their lives or their freedom. Somalia, Pakistan, Ecuador, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Brazil, Russia, Turkey, Iran and Syria made the list.
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