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China among world’s worst jailers of press

Dec 8 (Committee to Protect Journalists): China along with Iran has pushed the number of journalists imprisoned worldwide to its highest level since 1996. Both with 34 imprisoned journalists apiece, are the world’s worst jailers of the press, together constituting nearly half of the worldwide total.

The number of imprisonments in China was up significantly from 2009 when 24 journalists were jailed. The increase was propelled by a series of imprisonments of Uighur and Tibetan journalists that began in the latter half of 2009 and continued into 2010. The Uighur and Tibetan journalists covered ethnic issues and the violent regional unrest of recent years, topics that are officially off-limits. These journalists are also vulnerable because they are unrecognized by the state.

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