The international organisation “Committee to Protect Journalists” (CPJ) compiled a list of journalists imprisoned for their work. Azerbaijan and Turkey are among the top 10 worst jailers of journalists in the world in 2014. The statement is posted on the official website of the organization.
“In Azerbaijan, authorities were jailing nine journalists, up one from the previous year. Amid a crackdown on traditional media, some activists took to social networking sites in an attempt to give the public an alternative to state media. CPJ’s list does not include at least four activists imprisoned in Azerbaijan this year for creating and managing Facebook groups on which they and others posted a mix of commentary and news articles about human rights abuses and allegations of widespread corruption,” the statement reads,” the statement notes.
CPJ’s list is a snapshot of those incarcerated on December 1, 2014. It does not include the many journalists imprisoned and released throughout the year. The Committee to Protect Journalists identified 220 journalists in jail around the world in 2014, an increase of nine from 2013. China takes the first place in the list with 44 journalists, and the second place belongs to neighboring Iran with 30 journalist held in prisons. Twenty percent, or 45, of the journalists imprisoned globally were being held with no charge disclosed.