Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On the Job Committee to Protect Journalists Tabulates Bravery

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On the Job Committee to Protect Journalists Tabulates Bravery

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2017 was a record-setting year for journalists facing persecution for doing their jobs.

A report by the Committee to Protect Journalists revealed that an all-time high 262 men and women were imprisoned around the world last year for practicing journalism. This tops the previous record, from 2016, of 259.

In many cases, the journalists were jailed on charges of being "anti-state," the committee found.

The committee found a large percentage of the journalists targeted by authorities in 2017 covered politics, government or similar topics.

The report illustrates the problem of journalists being persecuted for working to hold governments accountable to their citizenry. Journalists seeking to reveal the truth about misdeeds and misconduct among government leaders are being tossed behind bars.

More than half the world's jailed journalists, 51 percent, are in three countries: China, Turkey, Egypt. …

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