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December 08, 2006

One third of jailed journalists are bloggers

According to a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists, one out of every three jailed journalists is a blogger, online editor, or Web-based reporter:

NEW YORK A new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists has found that the rise in Internet journalism has fueled an increase in the number of journalists imprisoned around the world. According to the group's new census, 134 journalists are now in prison worldwide, and one in three jailed journalists is now a blogger, online editor or Web-based reporter.

The annual study found that China, Cuba, Eritrea, and Ethiopia are currently the top four jailers among the 24 nations who imprison journalists. The most common charges against journalists are allegations of "antistate" crimes such as subversion, divulging state secrets, and acting against the interests of the state. The report found that 84 journalists are currently in prison for such charges, with the Chinese, Cuban, and Ethiopian governments leading the way. China is the world's leading jailer of journalists for the eigth consecutive year, with 31 in custody. [Editor & Publisher]

By medium, print journalists comprised the largest segment of reporters behind bars. Online journalists came in second with 49 incarcerations.


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I first read this as "One third of failed journalists are bloggers."

If they jail you can I have your website? I know some porn peddlers willing to pay top dollar for the "Majikthise" name. Jus' thinkin' ahead; that's all.

Bloggers are proving to be a headache for some governments. Egypt has been jailing some bloggers and Saudi Arabi has been blocking the sites of some. Another anti anti government blogging technique is to bankroll many pro government blogs. And the fun continues.

Amal A

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