NGO slams Turkey, Iran for imprisoning journalists
11 December 2012 14:28
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) slammed Turkey and Iran for imprisoning far more journalists than any other country in the world, according to the group's 2012 prison census published Tuesday. The group also chastised Israel for imprisoning three Palestinian journalists, two of whom were held on administrative detention conditions.
Turkey's total of 49 imprisonments and Iran's total of 45 helped push the global tally to its highest point (232 journalists behind bars) since the New York-based CPJ began conducting the survey in the 1990s. Both countries "made extensive use of vague anti-state laws to silence dissenting political views, including those expressed by ethnic minorities."