CPJ: "Turkey" the biggest criminal against journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said that Turkey is "still the biggest criminal" against journalists, with at least 68 journalists in jail on anti-state charges, but the real number is much more.


The CPJ said in an annual census released on Thursday that there were 251 journalists imprisoned because they were doing their duty until December 1. For the third consecutive year, more than half of them are in prisons in Turkey, China and Egypt, where the authorities accuse journalists of anti-government activities there, as Reuters reported.

"It now looks like a trend… it seems like it is normal." The writer Ilana Pieser said in an interview.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists CPJ, a US-based non-profit organization that promotes freedom of the press, "Turkey remains the biggest criminal against journalists" with at least 68 journalists in jail on anti-state charges. But the number is much larger.

The Turkish authorities are taking the failed coup attempt in the summer of 2016 to arrest all the critics of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party Justice and Development Party AKP.

Since the coup attempt, the Turkish authorities have closed dozens of media outlets and more than 90% of media institutions operate directly under the State. Turkish authorities have arrested dozens of journalists and imprisoned them.

The toll does not include journalists who are missing or held by non-State actors.



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