Freelance Journalists Under Fire

20 01 2010

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

Freelancers make up 45 percent of all journalists in jail, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in its 2009 prison census. CPJ recorded a total of 136 reporters, editors and photojournalists behind bars on 1 December, an increase of 11 from the 2008 tally. At least 60 freelancers are behind bars; double the number from three years ago. Internet and print journalists comprise the bulk of the census. In other cases, journalists are charged for violations of censorship rules or with charges unrelated to journalism, like regulatory violations or drug charges.




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