179 journalists were imprisoned worldwide in 2011. According to the report of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) published today, this is the highest number of journalists imprisoned in the last 15 years in Iran, Eritrea and China.
The non-governmental association in New York pointed out that most of the captured journalists are writers, writers in chief and photographers. Half of them work on Internet areas and a 45% are independent.
Iran is in the top of the list for the 2nd time with 42 journalists imprisoned, Eritrea has 28 captured, China follows with 27, Burma has 12 and Vietnam has 9. The CPJ pointed out that most of the journalists are behind bars because they have criticized the State or because they violated the imposed censure. (AV)